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Best trails in Gainesville

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Looking for a great trail near Gainesville, Florida? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around O'Leno State Park or Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sweetwater Wetlands Park or Loblolly Woods North. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 19 easy trails in Gainesville ranging from 0.6 to 10 miles and from 68 to 200 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Gainesville
Top trails (26)
#1 - Sweetwater Loop
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
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. Show more
#2 - Loblolly Woods Trail
Loblolly Woods North
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
The trail has multiple offshoots and typically runs alongside the Possum and Hogtown creeks. Very nice, relaxing walk. The trails are not excellently maintained and it can be easy to get off-trail. For this reason, it is recommended you use the app's recording feature to avoid getting lost. Crystal clear creek water. Some sandy parts as well as some beautiful green scenery.Show more
#3 - Trails of the Devil's Millhopper
Devils Millhopper Geological State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 20 m
Note: the stairway into the sinkhole is currently closed due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information: https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/devils-millhopper-geological-state-park A short, natural surface wooded nature walk that features a sinkhole. There is a $4 parking fee and the bridge is closed due to construction (March 2020).Show more
#4 - San Felasco Hammock Cut Off (Green Blazes)
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Please note certain portions of this trail have been reported closed, but most of the trail remains open. $4 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengersShow more
#5 - Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Gainesville, Florida
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Length: 15 mi • Est. 6 h 13 m
#6 - Creek Sink Trail
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h
This trail starts off shared with the moonshine creek trail and is forested with pine and oak. You then hike into the ravine where you will see hickory, gum, and magnolia trees. There are sinkholes throughout. The trail then continues past the swamp and bottomland forest. Here is where the creek water enters the underground aquifer, creating a unique ecosystem. Park has $4 per vehicle and $2 per extra passenger charge. Pay on the honor system, exact cash is required.Show more
#7 - Sweetwater Preserve Loop via Boulware Springs Park
Sweetwater Preserve
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#8 - Newnans Lake (Pithlachocco Lake) Trail
Newnans Lake State Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
This is a short, well-maintained loop trail located within Newnans Lake State Forest. Its primary destination is a display of a dugout canoe and picnic tables overlooking a lake. The $2 day-use access fee can be paid online or upon arrival. This trail is associated with the Florida Forest Service's Trailwalker program.Show more
#9 - Ring Park
Gainesville, Florida
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 34 m
#10 - Susan Wright Trail
Prairie Creek Reserve
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
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