Experiences & Amenities
Fishing is permitted at Prairie Creek and Lochloosa Creek from the trail bridges. All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.
Effective immediately, Florida State Parks will follow local orders requiring facial coverings or masks to provide for staff and visitor safety. These requirements vary from area to area.
DEP continues to re-open Florida State Parks as part of the phased plan to re-open Florida. As these parks re-open areas, experiences and amenities, DEP will be taking measures to ensure the protection of staff and the public. During this phase of re-opening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities. As part of the phased re-opening of limited overnight accommodations, measures may be in place to reduce camping density. Currently, no walk-in sites are available.
Florida State Parks has begun a phased return of programs and events.
Our main priority is the safety of our guests and staff. As such, we will continue to review operations on a daily basis and make additional operational changes as may be deemed necessary for protection of public health.
Effective July 2, 2020: Gainsville to Hawthorne State Trail is open (see hours of operation and fee information below). Due to local orders, facial coverings or masks are required inside buildings for staff and visitor safety. Restroom availability may be limited. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.