Sweetwater Loop is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gainesville, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length3.4 miElevation gain9 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningLakeViewsWildlifeNo shadeNo dogs
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Tons of birds, alligators and wild horses. The major draw is the boardwalk which has a bunch of informational kiosks about the park (it's an engineered water filtration system for the Florida aquifer). It's open sun up to sun down and the views are unbeatable. There is no shade on the trail so be sure to bring sunscreen and water.

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Adam Gottfried
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David Beare
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Melinda Hart
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WalkingFeeNo shade

This is a nice trail for an easy walk. There are multiple viewing areas, like boardwalks, and rest rooms. There were plenty of opportunities to view wild life, birds, turtles, ducks and, of course, alligators.

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Hiking Helen
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Gary Criswell
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Kelly Benton
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Very open trail and see really far. Beautiful area. Alligators are around and lots of birds.

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langston Woods
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Beecher Payne III
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Great for birding. no real shade except for a few benches.

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Danielle Decker
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Great community trail! We enjoyed all the wildlife!!

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Byron McCoy
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Very hot. No shade. Go early and bring water.

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Peter Hansen
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No shade
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nour nazef
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great hike. no mosquitos. saw 2 cranes.

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nour nazef
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Amy Denton
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Amazing! Lots of birds and alligators! No shade...bring sunblock or an umbrella!

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Kirsten Knowles
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Very beautiful easy trail. Lots of wildlife.

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David Hedges
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Jacquelin Sheehan
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WalkingNo shade

So beautiful! So much wildlife especially Gators so be sure to watch where your walking!

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Kathleen Sullivan
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Enjoyed part of the trail. My young children had fun seeing all the wildlife and plants. But we only did the big loop. Will go back again. There is a $5 fee per vehicle helps take care of these parks. There are bathrooms near the parking lot. OPEN (September '20). Lots of signs and arrows. No shade bring sunblock and hat.

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Holly Hawks
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The trail is very flat but also very exposed to the sun. There are alot of areas to stop and sit with shade though. the trail is a well maintained gravel path with great views of the wildlife and wetlands.

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Chiara Kalogjera-Sackellares
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Beautiful marsh; lush green growth. Very sunny. Lots of birds. Bring water.

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Vandetrica Wilkerson
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HikingFeeGreat!

Trails were all paved and had great views. I ran into two snakes will walking which was awesome! There was no shade so bring a hat and bottled water. Views were amazing and peaceful. You will need to pay for parking via a parking app. No cash accepted.

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Will P
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Really neat way to see part of the Prairie. Not a lot of shade options other than a few shaded benches, so bring a hat and a lot of water. Trails were wide and well maintained

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Haley Sater
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Great waking trail to see birds, gators, and other wetlands wildlife. It’s completely flat with no shade though so best to go in the mornings or the evening if it’s a sunny day.

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Jason Boole
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Amazing wildlife viewing including a 12.5 foot bull gator.

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Lisa Chacko
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