Explore the most popular birding trails near Gainesville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
22 days ago

Nice covered walk. Plenty of parking. There was a good bit of trash along the water.

hiking
22 days ago

Reviewer-Dominic, age 7
There was a nice picnic table. My grandma and greatgrandma took a picnic. I liked taking pictures of flowers. The most unusual thing I saw was a hawk that swooped down and got a mouse. I liked the hike because there was a playground.

Very easy trail. Peaceful

Can get sandy in some areas. Some spots are under cover, some are open. Trail is very wide

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

walking
22 days ago

Very easy trail. Probably will have a lot of mosquitos when you visit. Would recommend checking out all of the side trails. Some of the bridges aren’t well maintained but still crossable.

Lovely. Trails are nice and wide and the habitats vary. Doesn't flood out much. It starts off shaded by Oaks and eventually opens up into natural pines and sunshine. Blue trail still closed as of April 15th.

ABSOLUTELY LOVE! went here for an earth day hike and it was amazing! beautiful scenery and not too challenging, good amount of people jogging and hiking and the trails are marked very clearly so u never feel lost. another nice thing is the different trails are all connected so u can really choose an ideal length trail by turning certain ways on different trails, definitely gonna go again (:

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.

1 month ago

Great little hike! You barely know you’re in the city. The path crosses several boardwalks as it winds it s way from 23rd (the Elks Club) to 16th Ave. It’s serene walking next to Hogtown Creek. The walk is fairly easy, but there are too many roots on the path for wheelchairs.

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.

Hiked a combination of Yellow and Green trails due to Blue being temporarily closed to rid the area of Southern Pine Beetle outbreak.
Small hills and change of terrain was nice.

mountain biking
2 months ago

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!

trail running
2 months ago

Love running this trail over to loblolly across 16th!

mountain biking
3 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.

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

hiking
4 months ago

The most stunning city park in Gainesville, the Alfred Ring Park follows Hogtown Creek from NW 31st Blvd to NW 16th Ave, where the trail continues on the other side of 16th Ave as Loblolly Trail. The creek is wide and crystal clear for most of its length (a little murky near the bridge at 16th Ave). Glen Springs runs into the creek at the north end of the park. The terrain is slope forest and there are many old trees on the property. The trail is well maintained with boardwalks over the wet areas. There is a small playground for children at the north end of the park and a wildflower garden originally planted by Emily Ring. There are lots of roots on the trail so be careful.

walking
4 months ago

Good for bikes and horses. Much of the trail is sandy and passes among flat stands of pines, but botanists will appreciate the subtle changes, especially in comparison with the nearby Devil’s Millhopper scenery.

walking
4 months ago

Since the demise of the boardwalk years ago, the back area has become rather untended, and this trail has lost much of its appeal (though the platform space as the trail begins is still a beautiful facility).

Nice trails. The trails have been cleared of any debris from the hurricane. Plenty of trails to vary your route.

Great hike, but very tore up from the hurricane. Rough hiking.

easy quick trail

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

hiking
6 months ago

Nice clean trail. Enjoyable walk.

Primarily a connector from downtown to the Hawthorne Trail.

Love it

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

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Beautiful and easily navigable trail.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A little gem of a trail in the suburbs of Gainesville. Not really spectacular scenery- basically woods but Gainesville put a lot of effort to make this a pretty park/trail for Gainesville residents that follows the Hogtown Creek.

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

I do eight mile hikes here at least once a week and I love it. North side trails are nice and wide and the habitats change up often so it's never dull. A great place to see deer, tortoises, armadillos, a plethora of birds, insects and now even coyote.
It's dog friendly and just a great hike!

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