Warmer weather is here! Spring is in full bloom and summer is approaching, which means more opportunities to spend some quality time outside. Strolling along city sidewalks and around town is nice, but having some greenery around is nice too! So if you live in the city and you’re wondering where to go for a game of frisbee golf, where you can have a picnic with friends, or enjoy a nice hike, a park may be nearer to you than you realize. Gainesville has over 20 green spaces to visit and enjoy the great outdoors.
Here are a few close to University of Florida-
Bivens Arm Nature Park
This natural gem is situated right smack dab in the middle of an urban jungle. Bivens Arm is Gainesville’s first nature park and it’s been around since the early eighties. This particular spot is more of a hiking trail of footpaths than an open expanse of grass, so put on your walking shoes and step out for a walk through the marshy vegetation. This park is open 9am to 5pm, so plan accordingly!
Loblolly Woods Nature Park and Albert “Ray” Massey Park
Loblolly Woods is a large wooded nature park surrounding Hogtown and Possum creeks. Loblolly Woods has a hiking trail, bike path, and beautiful scenery great for an afternoon walk. This area is serene, yet located very close to the University of Florida in the heart of Gainesville. Nearly attached to the Loblolly Woods Nature Park is Albert “Ray” Massey Park, which is more of a traditional city park space with a playground, tennis courts, basketball court, grassy space for games, and picnic tables.
Green Acres Nature Park
This little park is tucked away, with a not-so-obvious entrance on SW 38th street. Green Acres is a great place to go for a jog or take your dog for a walk while enjoying the lush green all around. The best part is it’s only a few miles from the University of Florida’s campus!