Sweetwater Preserve East Trail is a 1.2 mile loop trail located near Gainesville, FL that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Access trailhead by way of Boulware Springs Park. Start down the paved trail, taking a right at the T intersection. The Sweetwater Preserve trailhead is on the left. There are two spurs off the loop trail, one to Sweetwater Branch Creek, and the other to a Sinkhole Pond.
We only stayed a few minutes on this trail as we were visiting a family member at the VA Hospital in Gainesville. But the Boulware Springs Trail is on my list for a return and a more extensive walk. There was easy access for parking, and a nice clear stream running a long the trail.
Can't say anymore unfortunately, but I hope to update this later.