Newnans Lake (Pithlachocco Lake) Trail

EASY 5 reviews

Newnans Lake (Pithlachocco Lake) Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rochelle, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
26 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

hiking
4 months ago

The lake and the history on dugout canoes are both more than worth the hike.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a relatively new trail (one year old) that leads from SR 26 to the east shore of Newnans Lake (or Lake Pithlachocco as the native Americans called it). There is a 2.5 mile hiking trail and 5.5 mile mountain bike trail. The trails cross each other often but, in most cases, it is clear which is which. In one case, near a muddy bend, the hiking trail (orange) appears to disappear and one ends up on the bike trail (blue). In reality, both trails merge at this point until the lake. Initially, the land is a mix of pine forest and overgrown cattle pasture but larger oaks and cypress predominate near the lake.

Most of the trail is easy to hike - there were only two muddy spots.

Overall, this was one of the most enjoyable hikes we have taken in the Gainesville area.

trail running
5 months ago