Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
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 trailheads:
- Boulware Springs City Park, 3300 S.E. 15th St., Gainesville (managed by the city of Gainesville. City park closing times may differ from state park closing times).
- 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
People Make the Parks
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