Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Visitors on the Gainesville-to-Hawthorne State Trail should be advised of routine maintenance scheduled along the Duke Energy transmission line. For more information, please contact the ranger station at 352-466-3397.
Limited Visitation at this Park
Effective May 5, 2021: Gainesville to Hawthorne State Trail is open. Restroom availability may be limited. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.
8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
No fee required
Welcome to Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail stretches 16 miles from the city of Gainesville's Boulware Springs Park through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and other local and state conservation lands.
On this historic rail bed turned greenway, you will pass by native plants and wildlife, diverse scenery and backyard Florida culture. Overlooks and stops of interest tie together a rich story of small railroad towns, locomotives and human activity along this corridor.
The recreational trail is paved with a grassy equestrian trail running alongside.
Parking is provided at four trail heads:
- Boulware Springs City Park, 3300 S.E. 15th St., Gainesville
- Intersection of county roads 234 and 2082, Rochelle (at Prairie Creek Preserve)
- 7902 S.E. 200th Drive, off County Road 2082, west of Hawthorne
- 2182 S.E. 71st Ave., Hawthorne
Plan Your Visit
Get Park Fit on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail Photo Gallery
Gainesville Hawthrone Trail, in Gainesville
Sweetwater Overlook at Gainesville Hawthrone Trail, in Gainesville
History of the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
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