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  • Scott-Phifer House

      ​The foundation is all that is left of a several thousand acre plantation on the east side of Gainesville. The house and its circa 1900 kitchen addition stood until 2008, and was the only known ante-bellum house on the east side of the county.

      The historic large beams that supported the house still show the inscribed Roman numerals used to properly assemble the framework.

      A historic marker was placed on the site in 2016.

      The foundation ruins may be observed from outside the fenced area.


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

      Access to the 440-acre Watermelon Pond Preserve is from the Watermelon Pond County Park.  There are no marked trails, and activities are dictated by water levels.  There may be no hiking areas during times of high water.

      The preserve offers views of Watermelon Pond-a sandhill lake-and opportunties for wildlife viewing and bird watching.  The County Park area has picnic facilties and a boat ramp.  There are no restrooms.

      For hunting information, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-488-4676.


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

      This conservation easement may only be accessed by obtaining permission from the landowner.  For information, use the contact number above.

      200-acre conservation easement offers unpaved trails and a boardwalk through the Santa Fe River floodplain forest and cypress swamps.

      This easement was funded through Alachua County Forever.

       


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

      125-acre preserve adjacent to Paynes Prarie Preserve State Park.  Sweetwater Preserve offers 3 miles of unpaved trails, served by two separate trail heads. 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 is located approximately 1/3 mile north of Boulware Springs Park, along the paved Gainesville-Hawthorne Rail-Trail.  Park at Boulware Springs and access the preserve by walking north along the GHRT. The East and West trails are connected via bridge.

      Trails may be wet or seasonallly flooded.

      No hunting allowed. No picnic or restroom facilities.


    • Mill Creek Nature Preserve
      • 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. American Beech trees can be observed here in their southernmost extent.

      Trails may be wet or seasonally flooded. No picnic or restroom facilities. No hunting allowed.

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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

      This preserve was purchased with Alachua County Forever funds and is jointly owned with St. John's Water Management District. The 2,742-acre Preserve contains 6.25 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and cypress swamp.  All trails are accessed through the main parking area on CR 235.  A primitive group campsite is available for reservation (contact St. John's Water Management District for information and reservations).

      No picnic or restroom facilities.  No hunting allowed on the Longleaf Flatwoods tract, however, St. John's Water Management District may occasionally arrange special youth hunts on the River Styx tract.

      This Preserve is managed by St. John's Water Management District.

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    • 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. 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.

      Trails may be wet and seasonally flooded.

      No hunting allowed. No picnic facilities. No restrooms.



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

      662-acre preserve on Lake Alto with 4.6 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and lake shore hardwood forest.  With nearly 1 mile of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Alto, this preserve includes distinct natural communities, and an outstanding view of Lake Alto from the dock, which is accessible from both trails.  Both north and south trailheads provide access to all trails.

      No watercraft launch, picnic or restroom facilities at the Preserve.  Dock accessible to watercraft on Lake Alto and to hikers from the Preserve.  Watercraft launch facilities available at Lake Alto Park (17800 NE 134th Place Waldo FL).

      Trails can be wet and seasonally flooded. Alligators may be present.

      No hunting allowed.  No potable water available.

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

      Barr Hammock Preserve is a 6,000-acre Preserve that has two entrances.  The northern Levy Loop Trail and the Southern Trail entrance.  The trails that are accessible from each trailhead currently do not connect.

      The 6.5 mile Levy Loop Trail is an unpaved loop that runs atop the levy and circumnaviates a 1,200-acre wet prairie, providing elevated viewing opportunities for wildlife and birding.  Colorful shows of wildflowers can be seen in spring and fall.  Beware of alligators. NO DOGS ALLOWED.

      Barr Hammock south entrance provides 13 miles of trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrian users.  Trails traverse primarily forested areas.  No water available in the parking area.

      No restrooms.  No picnic facilities.

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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

      This preserve was purchased jointly with St. John's Water Management District, using Alachua County Forever funds.  It is managed by St. John's Water Management District.

      Opportunities for wildlife viewing including bald eagles and turkeys.

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

      Alligators are present, please be vigilant.


    • Cellon Oak Park
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

      The Cellon Live Oak 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 offers a picturesque setting for small outdoor weddings and family pictures.  Please observe a 20' perimeter around the tree to protect its root system. Do not hang or attach anything to the tree.

      Cellon Oak Park does not have restrooms.  A grill is available for public use.

      A walking path and garden is planned for Cellon Oak Park.


    • 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

      ​Copeland Park is a community park,  serving the Coco Plum neighborhood and surrounding area.

      The basketball court was recently resurfaced, and other improvements planned include expanding and shading the play area and adding another pavilion.

      Walking paths will also be added, as well as expanding sidewalks to be ADA compliant, and will connect the picnic area to the basketball court area.


    • 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.

      New shoreline preservation overlooks are planned along the canal, which will allow fishing and wildlife observation, while protecting the delicate habitat along the shore.  A new play system and floating dock are in the works for this location as well.

      Large alligators are abundant.

       


    • 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 serves the rural Hawthorne area, and is slated for upgrades including re-surfacing of the basketball court and upgrading the play area with shelter and the addition of soft surface material.

      Grove Park does not have restrooms.


    • High Springs Boat Ramp
      • Boat Boat Ramp

      ​The High Springs Boat Ramp provides recreational access to the Santa Fe River via a single launch ramp.  Improvements will be made to the boat ramp area, including shoreline preservation overlooks.

      No restrooms available.


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

      In addition to a boat launch,  Holden Pond has a covered pavilion with a number of picnic tables, and also a picnic shelter.

      No restrooms. 


    • 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 offers access to Orange Lake via boat launch, a play area, large pavilion and picnic areas.  Be sure to visit the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park and its restored homestead, which is next door.

      Large alligators are abundant.


    • Poe Springs Park
      • Baseball Baseball
      • Boat Boat Ramp
      • Canoeing Canoeing Access
      • 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
      • Rest Rooms Rest Room
      • Swimming Swimming
      • Volleyball Volleyball

      Poe Springs 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 on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

      Park amenities include pavilions and picnic shelters, play areas, multi purpose fields, volleyball courts, and bar-b-que grills.  There are loop trails throughout the park for hiking, and a boardwark that traverses the cypress swamp leads visitors to the springs.  A boat launch and two docks afford watercraft access to the river.

      The Lodge At Poe Springs is available for event rentals when the park is open, and is perfect for birthday parties, showers, and small weddings.  Indoor seating can be arranged for up to 54 people conference style, and there is a kitchen (stove, refrigerator, sink) included in the rental fee.  Restrooms are on-site, and there is additional picnic table seating under the attached pavilion. Weekend rental rate is $100/day, weekday rate is $50/day.  A $100 refundable security deposit is also required to secure your rental.  Call our Events Coordinator, Ron Gromoll at 352-264-6907 to check date availability, then fill out the Facilities Use Agreement and send via email to RGromoll@alachuacounty.us.


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

      ​Santa Fe Lake Park provides a boat ramp.  Citizens may bring their own kayaks, canoes or other watercraft and launch here.

      Alligators are present, please be vigilant.

      Improvements planned for Santa Fe Lake Park include the addition of restrooms, new play area and construction of 3 new pavilions.


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

      In 1998, State Representative Cynthia Moore Chestnut sponsored a grant for a park to serve the residents of SE Alachua County.  Local businessman, Clark Butler, was called upon and he also donated funds. The park was opened to the public on April 27, 2010.

      The multi-purpose field can host soccer, softball or football games and there are basketball  courts also available. 

      Improvements planned for this park include replacing the turf in the play area with soft surface material, adding a pavilion to serve the multi-purpose field, and adding a fruit tree garden.


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

      ​Squirrel Ridge is an active dog park with separate fenced areas for small and large dogs.  Water is available for the dogs.

      Currently, Squirrel Ridge is the only county park that allows Rugby to be played.  Games are played in the retention field.

      Improvements to be in place by April 2019 include improvements to the dog park and upgrades to the play system.

      Long term improvement plans include expansion of the memorial garden, the addition ofrestroooms, more upgrades to the dog park,  and improved parking.


    • Watermelon Pond
      • Boat Boat Ramp
      • Fishing Fishing
      • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter

      ​Watermelon Pond Park provides access to the pond via boat launch.  Visitors can also access Watermelon Pond Preserve and Florida Fish and Wildlife's Watermelon Pond area through the park.

      Hunting is allowed in the Preserve and state wildlife area.

      Trails are accessible during low water levels.

      Alligators are common in Watermelon Pond.

       


    • 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

      ​Monteocha Park is a community park that serves the Gordon neighborhood.  The basketball court has recently been resurfaced, and planned improvments include adding two pavilions, improving the play area and replacing the mulch with soft surface material.


    • Rotary Park at Jonesville
      • Baseball Baseball
      • Basketball Basketball
      • Concession Concession
      • 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
      • Play Equipment Play Equipment
      • Rest Rooms Rest Room
      • Tennis Tennis

      Rotary Park at Jonesville is the area's premier sports and family park, offering numerous opportunities for organized sports activities, as well as picnic and play facilities. A mile-long fitness trail is also available for visitor's use. A pickle ball court is incorporated into the basketball court.

      For information about organized sports, or to inquire about using the Rotary Park sports facilities, please contact our partners:


    • 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
      • Rest Rooms Rest Room

      ​Boat launch with dock.  Boat trailer parking available.

      Updates planned for this park include adding observation areas for wildlife viewing on Newnan's Lake.

      Large alligators are abundant.


    • Alachua County Fairgrounds

        The Alachua County Fairgrounds facility on 39th Avenue near the airport offers a large, flexible set up for rentals.

        The grounds, pole barn, and parking area of the Alachua County Fairgrounds are available for rent and are home to popular events such as the 4H Youth Fair, the Alachua County Fair, Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, Hoggtown Craft Beer Festival, and Gainesville Native American Festival.  Consumer shows such as the Southeast Spa and local car shows can be found at the fairground throughout the year, too.

        Charities also find the fairgrounds a great central location to work from.  The Long Foundation hosts Strike Out Hunger week every November and Toys For Tots takes up residence in December. In April, look for the Great Inflatable Race to benefit the Climb For Cancer Foundation.

        Restrooms and campsites with electric and water are available for your patrons and staff.

        To rent the fairgrounds, call our Events and Marketing Coordinator, Ron Gromoll, at 352-264-6907 to check your date(s) 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
        • Concession Concession
        • Conference Conference Center
        • Fitness Trails Fitness Trails
        • 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
        • Rest Rooms Rest Room
        • Memorial Veteran's Memorial
        • Volleyball Volleyball

        Veteran's Memorial Park offers activities for everyone.  Sports facilities include a baskeball court, softball fields, soccer fields, and roller hockey facilities.  There are also 2 play areas, a fitness trail, and nature trails to explore.  Be sure to visit the veteran's memorial and police memorial while at the park.

        For information on organized sports and use of fields, contact our partners:
        • Gainesville Bats 352-373-4597

         

        Two large (10-12 picnic tables) pavilions and one extra-large (16-20 picnic tables) pavilion are available for use by park patrons on a first come, first served basis.

        The Freedom Community Center is available for rental, and can be configured with round and/or rectangular tables.  It has capacity for 120 guests seated conference style.  The rental includes small kitchen facilities (refrigerator and sink).   Weekday rentals are $150/day and weekend rental rates are $300/day.  A $200 refundable security deposit is required to secure any rental.  Contact our Events Coordinator, Ron Gromoll at 352-264-6907 to check calendar availability, then fill out the Facilities Use Agreement and email to RGromoll@alachuacounty.us

        The park also has a concession area available for rent that includes a refrigerator and sink and counter space.  This area can be rented separately for $33/day weekdays and $66/day weekends.  A $200 security deposit is requried to secure the rental.  Rental of the concession area does not provide access to the Freedom Center. Contact our Events Coordinator, Ron Gromoll at 352-264-6907 to check calendar availability, then fill out the Facilities Use Agreement and email to RGromoll@alachuacounty.us


      • 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 Alto Park currently offers a boat launch and connects to hiking trails in Lake  Alto Preserve.

        Planned upgrades include replacing the boat ramps and dock and adding shoreline preservation observation areas for wildlife viewing.  Installation of restrooms, a play area, updates to the gazebo, and ADA compliant connectivity to all amenities are also scheduled.

        Alligators may be present.

        No restrooms available


      • 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

        Lochloosa Park has nearly 450 feet of undeveloped shoreline, with a boardwalk and gazebo for wildlife viewing.  New shoreline preservation overlooks will be put in place so that park visitors can take advantage of the wildlife viewing opportunities and fisherman can get closer to the lake without disturbing the shoreline habitats.

        Large alligators are abundant.


      • Melrose Boat Ramp
        • Boat Boat Ramp

        ​Boat launch has limited parking.

        Alligators may be present in this area.

        No restrooms.



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        • Lake Alto Preserve
        • North Trail 14500 NE County Road 1471 Waldo FL--South Trail 18795 NE 132nd Avenue
        • Waldo, FL 32694
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        • Micanopy, FL 32667
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