Sweetwater Preserve Loop via Boulware Springs Park

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Sweetwater Preserve

Sweetwater Preserve Loop via Boulware Springs Park is a 3.1 mile loop trail located near Gainesville, Florida that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 127 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





10 days ago

Great trail! There are definitely some rocky and sandy sections, but most of the trail is easy terrain and it’s well marked. The loss of a star is because there’s a large section (maybe 1/4 of the trail?) that is very close to the road, and there’s a lot of road noise (and today, some very loud rap music :)) But the other sections are quiet and peaceful. There’s a bit of elevation, too, and some cool winding paths. Yes there are bugs, but it’s Florida in the summer y’all. Overall a very nice hike!

One of my favorite trails in Gainesville. I walk this trail quiet a bit and it truly is a piece of Florida Nature. It has a moderate amount of foot traffic unless it’s the winter time. Great walk for dogs. Plenty of shade and creeks along the way for the pups to hydrate. Takes about 30-45 minutes round trip depending on your pace. Highly recommend if your stopping by Boulware.

Awesome, as always.

Great place to enjoy nature.

Too much fun!!

Superb place for a dog run.

Great day to escape the cold and take a walk in the jungle!

Fri Aug 17 2018

Great walking for either morning or afternoon refreshment!!

Sun Apr 01 2018

Great trail right outside of G-ville. it's well-kept enough to trail run, and it's not uncommon to see bikers on the trail. There is a small area where you can see a pond, and a stream that the trail parallels for various portions of the trail. I'll be back for trail runs.

Sat Mar 31 2018

This is a fun trail, you guys! Very pretty greenery all over the place, there’s also a pond (watch out for gators!) and a creek that were very pleasant additions to the scenery. It’s well shaded, so it would be do-able in the summer time when it gets to be stupid hot outside. There’s also a free-to-use sunscreen dispenser at the trailhead that I thought was pretty slick.

mountain biking
Sun Mar 11 2018

They made some really nice improvements to this trail. One of my favorite in Gainesville. Enough to be challenging and fun. Downhill speed by marker 6 on top of hill is sweet!

Mon Jan 22 2018

Great little trial in town. Grab a map if you've never been, there are lots of side trails.

Thu Jun 08 2017

Really great bird and critter watching. Makes for a nice relaxing evening walk.

Fri Sep 05 2014

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.

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