Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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

Great spot. Floods out pretty often though so call ahead. San felasco is nearby though!

Trail itself is really short and floods out after even a moderate rain from the previous day. The sinkhole boardwalk is still closed and you can barely see down into it from the trail. I'd skip this place for now.

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 (:

beautiful place.

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.

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.

Just went, it's a beautiful place but yes unfortunately the sink hole is still closed and I was told will remain closed for up to 4 more months.

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
4 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!

A must see (go down to the sinkhole, trail is alright).

I always love to visit Morning Side! Before you set out on a trail, you can say hello to Penny the cow and feel what it was like back in old Florida.
There are different trails you can set out on. You can either go for a full circle, or decide to take some short cuts.

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

walking
6 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.

The trail itself is a simple flat loop through the woods around a sinkhole, but the sinkhole is stunning and a must-see for visitors to North Florida. Currently (after the high waters that filled several feet at the bottom of the sinkhole in summer 2017), the walk down is closed as the boardwalk is being repaired and perhaps re-routed a bit, so call the park to find out the status of the trails and boardwalk to avoid disappointment. (Volunteers hauled several vertical feet of wood from the boardwalk out of the sinkhole in December to help the park to move forward with new plans for the boardwalk).

walking
6 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.

Primarily a connector from downtown to the Hawthorne Trail.

Very easy and dear to my heart, my moon and stars took me here.

Definitely worth the visit if you're in the area. Short enough hike so not something to pass up if you are just passing through.

A must see in Gainesville, it's a fascinating place! However, the inherent heat and mosquitoes take it down a knotch. Be prepared with water and lots of bugspray!

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

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

99 stairs down into a sinkhole, then back up. Lots of fun for the whole family.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We walked these trails early in the morning. It was very peaceful and beautiful and not crowded. There is an element of danger as most of the trail wanders between a palmetto forest, but that adds to the experience. There are also a couple of boardwalks through cypress tree groves.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nice little walk. There are a lot of stairs but the walk into the sinkhole is a unique experience. There is also a serene trail around the top of the sinkhole that is very picturesque.

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!

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice trails

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