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  • Scott-Phifer House

    • Watermelon Pond - Preserve
      • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
      • Boat Boat Ramp
      • Fishing Fishing
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

      Access to the 440-acre Watermelon Pond Preserve is from the Watermelon Pond Boat Ramp County Park. No marked trails. The Preserve offers views of Watermelon Pond -- a sandhill lake, and opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching. Parking area has picnic facilities and boat ramp. 

      No restrooms. Check contact for information on water depth and ramp access. Open for hunting during the season. Please check contact information for details.


    • Santa Fe River Camp Kulaqua Conservation Easement
      • Horseback Riding Trails Horseback Riding Trails
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

      ​Private property open to access by contacting the landowner​. Offers unpaved trails and a boardwalk though the Santa Fe River floodplain forest, and cypress swamps. Hornsby Spring, spring run drains through the 200-acre conservation easement.


    • Sweetwater Preserve
      • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

      125-acre Preserve adjacent to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. No access to State Park. Sweewater Preserve offers 3 miles of unpaved trails served by two separate trailheads. The 1.75-mile West Trail is located at the east terminus of  SE 16th Avenue and meanders through hardwoods and floodplain. The 1.2-mile East Trail Trailhead is located approx 0.3 miles north of Boulware Springs City Park (3300 Southeast 15th Street, Gainesville) along paved Gainesville- Hawthorne Trail. Park at Boulware Springs and walk north along the GHRT.​ 

      No hunting allowed all year. No picnic or restroom facilities.


    • Mill Creek Nature Preserve
      • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

      1,230-acre preserve with 5 miles of unpaved trails. Property is unique for its mix of southernmost extent of Applachian hardwood forest, small waterfall and pine flatwoods. All trails served by main entrance on County Road 236. 

      No picnic or restroom facilities.

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    • Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
      • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
      • Horseback Riding Trails Horseback Riding Trails
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

      2,742-acre Preserve with 6.25 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and cypress swamp. All trails served from main parking area on County Road 325. A primitive group campsite is available for reservation.

      No picnic or restroom facilities. No hunting allowed on the Longleaf Flatwoods Tract all year. However the River Styx Tract may be closed occasionally for special youth hunts. Please check contact information for details.

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    • Lochloosa Creek Phifer Flatwoods
      • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
      • Horseback Riding Trails Horseback Riding Trails
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

      634-acre Preserve with 3.5 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and cypress swamp. Trails accessible from the paved Gainesville-Hawthorne Rail-Trail. No picnic or restroom facilities. Parking Lot at Intersection of County Road 2082 and County Road 325 on the GHRT. 

      Marsh Trail Trailhead: access by taking GHRT 0.6 miles east from Main Parking Lot.

      Swamp Trail Trailhead. Access by taking GHRT 1.25 miles east  from Main Parking Lot.

      Turpentine Loop Trailhead. Accessible from CR 2082, head 9/10 mile west on CR 2082.  

      No hunting allowed all year.



    • Lake Alto Preserve
      • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
      • Horseback Riding Trails Horseback Riding Trails
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

      479-acre Preserve on Lake Alto with 3.5 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and lake shore hardwood forest. Excellent view from dock on Lake Alto.  

      Main trailhead on CR 1471 and secondary trailhead at Lake Alto Boat Ramp County Park (17800 NE 134th Place; 3/4-mile south of Preserve main entrance). Both trailheads provide access to all trails.

      No watercraft launch, picnic or restroom facilities at the Preserve. Dock accessible to watercraft from Lake Alto and to hikers from Preserve. Watercraft launch facilities available at Lake Alto Boat Ramp County Park  or at City of Waldo Boat Ramp (15215 NE 146th Ave, Waldo).

      No hunting allowed all year.

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    • Cofrin Park
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
      • Play Equipment Play Equipment

      30-acre Preserve with a 0.5-mile unpaved trail through hardwood and seepage-slope forest. Picnic pavillion, tot lot, meditation garden, bathrooms, tennis court.  

      No hunting allowed all year.


    • Barr Hammock

        Barr Hammock Preserve is a 6,000-acre Preserve that has two entrances: The northern Levy Loop Trail and the Southern Entrance. The trails you can access from each trailhead do not connect. Future plans include connecting the two trail systems.

        No hunting allowed all year. No picnic or restroom facilities.

        Barr Hammock-Levy Prairie
        • Bicycling Trails
        • Nature/Hiking Trail
        • Nature Study

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        The 6.5-mile Levy Loop unpaved loop trail circumnavigates a 1,200-acre wet prairie, providing elevated viewing opportunities for wildlife and birding, colorful shows of wildflowers can sometimes be seen in spring and fall.

        Barr Hammock - South
        • Bicycling Trails
        • Nature/Hiking Trail
        • Nature Study
        • Horseback Riding Trails

          Barr Hammock South entrance provides 13 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and equestrian users. Trails traverse primarily forested areas.

        • Trail Map (PDF)​
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      • Newnans Lake Conservation Area
        • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
        • Horseback Riding Trails Horseback Riding Trails
        • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Hunting Hunting

        6,504 acres with 7.3 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods. Open for hunting during the season. Please check the contact information for details. No picnic or restroom facilities.


      • Cellon Oak Park
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

        The Cellon Live Oak, at Cellon Oak Park, is a Florida Co-Champion Live Oak named for its former owner, Ralph W. Cellon.  The oak's circumference is 30 feet, it is 85 feet tall and its crown spread is 160 feet.  The park was donated to Alachua County by the United States Small Business Administration as part of a repossession process to preserve the tree and allow public access.  The park offers a picturesque setting for small outdoor weddings and family pictures.


      • Copeland Park
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Basketball Basketball
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room
        • Volleyball Volleyball

      • Earl P. Powers Park
        • Boat Boat Ramp
        • Fishing Fishing
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room

        The county owned park was named “Earl P. Powers Park” in recognition of the great accomplishments and outstanding services by Earl P. Powers in the community, Alachua County and to the State of Florida.

        This park was dedicated on October 23, 1988 by the Eastside Gainesville Garden Club (Oklawaha River Fishing Club) in cooperation with the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, though a State Legislative Act. Bill No. 1594 made a law July 7, 1988.


      • Forest Park
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Football Football /Soccer
        • Pets Off Leash Pets Off Leash
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room
        • Volleyball Volleyball

        ​The County took ownership of the 26 acre community park, Forest Park, in 1979. After several public meetings, the site plan for the park was developed and approved by the Board of County Commissioners, incorporating the desires of the community. The park was constructed by volunteers, contractors and in-house Parks and Recreation staff. In 2004, additional upgrades were made to the park.


      • Grove Park
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Basketball Basketball
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment

        Grove Park property was purchased in 1972 and developed into a community park and playground for this rural area.


      • High Springs Boat Ramp
        • Boat Boat Ramp

        ​The High Springs Boat Ramp (and surrounding property) was purchased in 1958 from the State of Florida to provide recreational access to the Santa Fe River.


      • Holden Pond
        • Boat Boat Ramp
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter

        Holden Pond was purchased in the early 1960's.  The boat ramp, parking lot and picnic area were improved in the 1980's.  The boat ramp was again repaired in 2007.​


      • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
        • Concession Concession
        • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter

        Kanapaha Botanical Gardens were leased to the North Florida Botanical Society for 90 years in 1979. The gardens are home to 24 collections, making it an ideal location to celebrate your next special occasion. For more information, please visit the official website at: www.kanapaha.org.


      • Marjorie K. Rawlings Park
        • Boat Boat Ramp
        • Fishing Fishing
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room

        ​The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Park, along with the restored Rawlings home across the street, was dedicated on June 13, 1968. Enhancements were paid for through Florida Department of Natural Resources and the Florida Land and Water Conservation Fund.


      • Poe Springs Park
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Boat Boat Ramp
        • Fishing Fishing
        • Football Football /Soccer
        • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment
        • Swimming Swimming
        • Volleyball Volleyball

        Poe Springs Park offers free swimming in the springs, picnic facilities and open play areas.  The park is open Thursday-Sunday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The park is open on Mondays for Memorial Day and Labor Day. The park is closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

        To rent the Poe Springs Park Lodge for your next special event, call for availabilty then complete the Facilities Use Agreement The lodge is equipped with tables, chairs and a small kitchen (including a refrigerator, stove and sink.)


      • Santa Fe Lake Park
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Boat Boat Ramp
        • Football Football /Soccer
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment

      • Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park and Clark Butler Nature Preserve
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Football Football /Soccer
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room
        • Volleyball Volleyball

        In 1998, State Representative Cynthia Moore Chestnut sponsored a grant for a park to serve the residents of SE Alachua County. In 2003, New Hope Baptist Church, with tremendous community support, renewed interest in the development of the park. The Board of County Commissioners recommitted to developing the park, with Chair Cynthia Chestnut championing the project. Local businessman, Clark Butler, was called upon and he also donated funds. The park was opened to the public on April 27, 2010.


      • Squirrel Ridge Park
        • Crime Victim Memorial Garden Crime Victim Memorial Garden
        • Football Football /Soccer
        • Pets Off Leash Pets Off Leash
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment

      • Watermelon Pond
        • Boat Boat Ramp
        • Fishing Fishing

      • Monteocha Park
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Basketball Basketball
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room
        • Volleyball Volleyball

      • Rotary Park at Jonesville
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Basketball Basketball
        • Fitness Trails Fitness Trails
        • Football Football /Soccer
        • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Tennis Tennis

        Rotary Park at Jonesville is Alachua County's premier athletic facility offering baseball and soccer fields and tennis courts.


      • Owens-Illinois Park
        • Boat Boat Ramp
        • Fishing Fishing
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment

      • Alachua County Fairgrounds
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room

        To rent the Fairgrounds, call for availability, read the Fairgrounds Packet  and then complete the Application for Use Form.


        Rentals are available for the grounds only.


      • Veterans Memorial Park
        • Baseball Baseball
        • Basketball Basketball
        • Conference Conference Center
        • Fitness Trails Fitness Trails
        • Football Football /Soccer
        • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
        • Play Equipment Play Equipment
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room
        • Memorial Veteran's Memorial
        • Volleyball Volleyball

        To rent the Freedom Community Center at the Veterans Memorial Park, call for availability then complete the Facilities Use Agreement

        To reserve the soccer fields, please contact Leg-A-Z Soccer at 352-377-6088. To reserve the field lights, please call 352-548-1210.

        For ball field reservations contact Gainesville Bats at 352-373-4597


      • Lake Alto
        • Boat Boat Ramp
        • Fishing Fishing
        • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
        • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
        • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter

      • Lake Kanapaha (not yet developed)

        • Lochloosa Park
          • Boat Boat Ramp
          • Fishing Fishing
          • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
          • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
          • Picnic with Shelter Picnic with Shelter
          • Rest Rooms Rest Room

          This property was purchased by the County in 1981 and has 446 feet of lakefront property. This park has is used by avid fisherman.


        • McCall Park (not yet developed)

          • Melrose Boat Ramp
            • Boat Boat Ramp


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