Not only are there many indoor activities to keep you busy in Gainesville, but there are also many more activities outdoors to get you going and enjoying our beautiful North Central Florida. Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is one such area. This 16-mile long trail is actually built over an old rail trail that was first built in 1881. You can catch glimpses of railroad history on the trail with concrete and whistle markers. There is also an old concrete railway trestle still remaining at the LaChua Trail. This was built to allow farmers to move their cattle in and out of the prairie with ease.
The Trail runs from Gainesville’s Boulware Springs, another historical site, to Hawthorne passing through Paynes Prairie and Lochloosa Wildlife Management area. This trail is excellent for biking, hiking, running, rollerblading and even horseback riding as parts of the trail have a grassy equestrian trail running along side the Trail. Most of the trail is shaded as it runs through natural forested areas.
You will enjoy scenic vistas, native plants, and wildlife spottings in addition to getting in your cardio. The park is open from 8:00 am to sundown every day of the week and it is FREE to use giving you no excuses to get out there and have some fun.
The address is 3400 SE 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32641