Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a 15 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gainesville, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15.0 miles
259 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

stroller friendly


horseback riding

road biking

trail running





7 months ago

Great trail to walk, hike, bike, and skate. Lots of little stop offs you can make to explore the surround woods.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Nice paved trail with varied terrain through natural areas. Tons of side trails and Payne’s Prairie is lovely. Lots of fun ups and downs.

road biking
Monday, November 13, 2017

I bike this trail several times a week. I'm not sure what I'd do without it!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nice clean trail. Enjoyable walk.

road biking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Love it

road biking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

I've been riding this trail for years and it never gets old. With every season comes a new trail. Smooth path, pretty frequent scenic stops. A must-ride if you are in the area.

road biking
Saturday, January 09, 2016

One of the best trails around for road biking. Watch out for heavy pedestrian/rollerblade/stroller traffic the first couple of miles, but after that the traffic fades away and you get to experience many different ecosystems with little traffic (except the occasional cross street) to worry about. Hit up the trail early in the morning and you will likely see turkeys and deer, and maybe even a wild boar. Just don't get too relaxed, as these critters are unpredictable (I came up on a guy who had somersaulted his bike over a wild boar one time).

Really, the Gainesville-Hawthorne trail is one of the true gems in this area, a very scenic ride, and a great way to get some shaded exercise in the brutal Florida summer.

road biking
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road biking
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