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  • Four Creeks Preserve
    • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
    • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

    Welcome to Four Creeks Preserve! The walking trail is open starting September 28, 2019.  

    There is currently no parking at either entrance to the preserve.  Visitors must walk or bike to reach the preserve.
     

    Preserve Hours:

    8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (November-April)
    8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (May-October)
     



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    Click here to tour Four Creeks Preserve

    About the Preserve:
    The 715-acre Four Creeks Preserve was jointly purchased by the Alachua County Forever Program and the City of Gainesville in September 2018 using funds from the Wild Spaces Public Places initiative. The preserve was purchased to protect a variety of    upland and wetland habitats including the headwaters of four local creeks (Turkey Creek, Blues Creek, Possum Creek, and Hogtown Creek) which provide wildlife habitat and support aquifer recharge.  The preserve is part of local and statewide efforts to protect  and maintain significant wildlife corridors and protect areas of diverse habitats and relatively mature and diverse undisturbed forest within an area of Alachua County that is rapidly urbanizing.  The preserve contains several hundred acres of wetland communities.  This important feature means that trails may be seasonally flooded and may not be easily accessible during all times of the year.  As the management plan for the preserve is finalized, trail and trailhead locations may change.  The preserve is actively managed to improve the natural communities that exist here. Habitat restoration is needed due to historic fire suppression, especially in the pine flatwoods natural community.  Prescribed fire, mowing, and other techniques will appear dramatic when implemented, but will help stimulate the recovery of diverse wildlife species and native groundcover over time.  A 2.5 mile walking trail loop circles the heart of the preserve.  The west side of the loop (1.1 mile long Yellow trail) is drier, while the east side of the loop (1.4 mile long Blue trail) will be more frequently flooded.  During high water periods, both sides of the loop may have standing water.  Due wet trail conditions, bikes are not allowed on the trail while we stabilize the trail surface.    
     
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    Preserve Rules:
    ·         Help keep the Preserve maintained:
    o   Pack out what you pack in. Don’t litter.
    o   Walking access only. No bicycles. No horses.
    o   Dogs must be on leashes.
    o   Help prevent erosion by staying on trails.
    o   No motorized vehicles except ADA equipment.
    ·         For your safety:
    o   Stay on marked trails. Keep out of Closed Areas.
    o   Visitors who remain after hours are trespassing.
    ·         Taking, harassing, or killing of plants and wildlife, and collecting of fossils or artifacts is not permitted.
     
     
    Advice for the trails:
    ·         Natural areas and wildlife may be hazardous. Use common sense and be cautious:
    o   Do not approach or harass wildlife.
    ·         Be prepared for soft and uneven terrain:
    o   Some trails are maintained and disked as firebreaks.
    o   Under wet conditions some trails are  flooded.
    ·         Please respect our neighbors’ privacy by staying on marked trails.
    ·         For your comfort and safety:
    o   Wear sunscreen and a hat, use insect repellent; carry water and a trail map
     
     
    No drinking water available at the Preserve.
     
    No restrooms.  No picnic facilities.
     
    Trail maps are available at the Preserve or you can request a brochure by email using the link on our contact page. Brochures are available in alternate format on request.
     
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  • Mark S. Hopkins Park
    • Basketball Basketball
    • Picnic without Shelter Picnic w/o Shelter
    • Play Equipment Play Equipment

    The Mark S. Hopkins Park is the first pocket park developed by Alachua County.  It is designed for pedestrian access and use by children from the surrounding Sugar Foot Oaks neighborhood ages 5 to 12.


  • 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

       

       

       

       

       

       

      The 125 acre Sweetwater Preserve was bought in 2006 by Alachua County with funding from the Alachua County Forever Bond and a Florida Communities Trust Grant. The preserve was purchased to protect, preserve and enhance the unique natural and cultural resources found on the property and to provide an enjoyable and educational passive recreational experience.
      adjacent to Paynes Prarie Preserve State Park.  Sweetwater Preserve is adjacent to Paynes Prarie Preserve State Park, and 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.

      Preserve Hours:

      • 8:00AM - 6:00PM November through April
      • 8:00AM - 8:00PM May through October

      Preserve Rules:

      • Pack out what you pack in.
      • Trails are for pedestrians and cyclists only
      • Multi use trails are used by hikers and bikers; bikers must yield to hikers.
      • Preserve patrons may not establish new trails without permission from Alachua County.
      • Help prevent erosion by staying on the trails.
      • Leashed dogs are allowed on trails provided owners pick up after them.
      • Collecting plants, artifacts, or fossils is prohibited. No taking, harassing, or killing of wildlife without written permission from Alachua County.

      Advice For The Trails:

      • Natural areas and wildlife may be hazardous. Stay alert, stay on the established trails, and stay safe.
      • During wet weather, trails may be under water.
      • Be prepared for rough or soft trails. Some roadways are used for firebreaks and are periodically harrowed.
      • For your comfort and safety wear sunscreen and a hat, use insect repellent, and carry water.

      West Trail - Rating: Easy. This series of loop trails meander 1.75 miles along Sweetwater Branch and through upland mixed and floodplain forests. Much of this area was pasture many years ago and the native species you see have naturally recruited into the area.
      East Trail - Rating: Moderate. In a short 1.2 mile walk you will see 8 different natural communities including; sandhill, xeric hammock, sinkhole lake, baygall, seepage stream, upland mixed forest, mesic flatwoods and floodplain forest.

      Intersections on the West Trail have been numbered to help orient visitors to the trail.

      No picnic or restroom facilities.

      Trail maps are available at the Preserve or you can request a brochure by emailing the link on our contact page. Brochures are available in alternate format on request.





    • 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. Mill Creek Preserve was purchased in 2002 by Alachua County with funding from the Alachua County Forever Bond and a Florida Communities Trust Grant.  The preserve was purchased to protect, preserve and enhance the unique natural and cultural resources found on the property and to provide an enjoyable and educational passive recreational experience.

      Preserve Hours:

      • 8:00AM-6:00PM November through April
      • 8:00AM-8:00PM May through October 

      Preserve Rules:

      • Pack our what you pack in.
      • Trails are for pedestrians only.
      • Help prevent erosion by staying on the trails.
      • Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails provided owners pick up after them.
      • Collecting plants, artifacts or fossils is prohibited. No taking, harassing, or killing of wildlife without written permission from Alachua County.

      Advice For The Trails:

      • During wet weather, trails may be under water.
      • Be prepared for rough or soft trails-some roadways are utilized for fire breaks and are periodically harrowed.
      • For your comfort and safety, wear sunscreen and a hat, use insect repellent, and carry water.

      Trails:

      • Shortcut Trail –  Utilizing the shortcut trail removes one half mile from West Trail/Hammock Trail, and still allows the walker to experience many of the same natural communities.
      • West Trail/Hammock Trail. Rating-Moderate. This 3.0 mile trail takes the walker through many of the preserve habitats, including pineland, and hammock.  The Hammock portion of the trail crosses tributaries of Townsend Branch and in this section you can see American beech trees and many other species.  Allow several hours. Unmarked Service Roads and Firebreaks— You are welcome to walk on service roads and firebreaks.  Please note: roads and firebreaks have no directional signs.
      • Marsh Trail – Rating: Easy. This 0.6 mile trail features views of pine plantation that will be restored to pine flatwoods and a seasonally flooded grassy marsh. Allow 30 minutes for a relaxed walk.
      • Old Providence Trail. Rating: Easy to Moderate. Along this 1.4 mile trail you walk along a portion of Old Providence Road/Fort Call Road, an historic road that early residents of the county used.  You will see Townsend Branch Creek, pinelands, swamp and hardwood forests with American beech trees. The trail narrows to a single track as you approach the creek.  Allow 1 hour at a relaxed pace.

      No picnic or restroom facilities.

      Trail maps are available at the Preserve or you can request a brochure by emailing the link on our contact page. Brochures are available in alternate format on request.



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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. 

      This Preserve is managed by St. John's Water Management District. For more information, visit St. John's Water Management District website.

      Trail maps are available though 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. The purchase of Phifer Flatwoods Preserve was made possible by the dedication and quick    action of Alachua Conservation Trust and its many friends and supporters.  In 2005 the land was put up for auction and nearly  purchased by a Louisiana developer. Aware of the critical tim-ing in the pending sale, ACT quickly rallied the support of the local community, receiving loans from more than 50 individuals, foundations, and non-profit groups, and gifts from more than 250 households. This valiant group effort raised nearly $3 million for the  initial land pur-chase. Alachua County purchased Phifer Flatwoods from ACT  using Alachua County Forever funds and a Florida Communities Trust Grant, protecting the land for future generations.

      Preserve Hours:

      • 8:00AM - 6:00PM November through April
      • 8:00AM -8:00 PM May through October.

      Preserve Rules:

      • Pack out what you pack in.
      • Trails are for cyclists, equestrians, and hikers only.
      • Trails are multi-use. Cyclists myst yield to hikers and equestrians.
      • Preserve visitors may not establish new trails.
      • Help prevent erosion by staying on the trails.
      • Leashed dogs are allowed on trails provided owners pick up after them.
      • Collecting plants, artifacts, or fossils is prohibited. No taking, harassing, or killing of wildlife without written permission from Alachua County.

      Advice For The Trails:

      • Natural areas and wildlife may be hazardous.
      • Stay alert, stay on the established trails, and stay safe.
      • Established trails are marked with blue blazes and signs; other roads and firebreaks are unmarked.
      • During wet weather, trails may be under water.
      • Be prepared for uneven terrain; some trails are maintained as firebreaks.
      • For your comfort and safety, wear sunscreen and a hat, use insect repellent, and carry water.

      Marsh Trail Trailhead: access by taking GHRT 0.6 miles east from Main Parking Lot. 0.6 mile loop trail through pine flatwoods with an observation area on the edge of a marsh. The trail contains small steep hills and patches of deep sand and gravel.

      Swamp Trail Trailhead. Access by taking GHRT 1.25 miles east  from Main Parking Lot. 1 mile loop trail through pine flatwoods with an observation area on the edge of a swamp. The trail contains small steep hills and patches of deep sand and gravel.

      Turpentine Loop Trailhead. Accessible from CR 2082, head 9/10 mile west on CR 2082. 1.3 mile loop trail through dense pine plantation and pine flatwoods, dotted with small marshes. The trail contains several wet crossings and patches of deep sand and gravel.

      Overlook Trail. 0.5 mile loop trail through pine flatwoods and hardwood hammock with an elevated overlook in a magnificent cypress swamp. The trail contains mud patches during the rainy season.

      Trails may be wet and seasonally flooded.

      No picnic facilities. No restrooms.

      Trail maps are available at the Preserve or you can request a brochure by emailing the link on our contact page. Brochures are available in alternate format on request.





    • Lake Alto Preserve
      • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
      • Horseback Riding Trails Horseback Riding Trails
      • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
      • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife
       
      TRAIL CLOSURE—FALL 2019
       
      The Lake Alto Preserve South tract trails will be closed due to land management and restoration activities for an extended period during September and October 2019.  Anticipated start date: Mid-September, 2019
       
      During this time, a timber harvest will occur over a large area of the Preserve, impacting parts of each of the South Entrance trails.  In addition to heavy  logging equipment operating in the woods, and trees falling, there will be logging trucks on the service roads, which partially overlap with the trail    system.  Trail closure was identified as the best way to protect public safety during this operation. 
       

      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. Funding for acquisition of Lake Alto Preserve was provided by the voter-approved Alachua County Forever Bond. The Suwannee River Water Manage-
      ment  District co-owns 120 acres of Lake Alto Preserve with Alachua County. 

      Preserve Hours:

      • 8:00AM - 6:OOPM November-April
      • 8:00AM-8:00PM May-October

      Preserve Rules:

      • Enter the preserve through designated trail heads only
      • Visitors who remain after hours are trespassing
      • Pack out what you pack in.
      • Trails are for cyclists, equestrians, and hikers only
      • Trails are multi use. Cyclists myst yield to hikers and equestrians
      • Preserve visitors may not establish new trails
      • Help prevent erosion by staying on the trails.
      • Collecting or disturbing plants, artifacts, or fossils is prohibited.
      • Leashed dogs are allowed on trails provided owners pick up after them.
      • No taking, harassing, or killing of wildlife without written permission from Alachua County.

      Advice For The Trails:

      • Natural areas and wildlife may be hazardous
      • Established trails are marked with trail signs; other roads are unmarked.
      • Stay alert, stay on the marked trails, and stay safe.
      • During wet weather, trails may be flooded.
      • Be preapred for uneven terrain; some trails are harrowed (disked) for firebreaks.
      • For your comfort and safety, wear sunscreen and a hat, use insect repellent and carry water.

      Lake Alto North Trail Guide - All  trails are  flat, crossing pinelands and swamp habitat. Trails may flood during wet weather.  Trails may be rough, uneven and wet,  with areas of soft sand or mud.

      •  Treefrog Trail - 0.8 mile Crosses the Lake View Loop.
      •  Lake View Loop - 1.7 miles Loop trail between the Lake Alto dock and County Road 1471.
      •  Black Bear Loop -  0.9 mile Begins and ends on Lake View Loop.

      Lake Alto South Trail Guide - Most of the trails are generally flat, crossing pinelands and hammock habitats. A short but steep hill is located at each end of the canal bank footpath. Trails may flood during wet weather. Trail surfaces may be rough, uneven and wet, with areas of roots, soft sand or mud.

      • Canal Loop - 1.2 miles. A portion of the trail follows the historic Waldo Canal. Hikers may walk on a narrow foot-path along the top of the canal bank. A parallel trail at the toe of the bank is available for cyclists and equestrians

      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).

      Alligators may be present.

      No potable water available.

      Trail maps are available at the Preserve or you can request a brochure by emailing the link on our contact page. Brochures are available in alternate format by request.

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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
      *Summer 2019 Trail Closure Alert*
      South entrance and south trails will be closed this summer because of timber harvest activities. We anticipate closing the entrance and trails beginning late June or July 2019. Updates will be posted as available.
      Levy Loop trail and entrance will remain open.
       
      The 5,719-acre Barr Hammock Preserve was bought between 2006 & 2010. Alachua County provided funding from the Alachua County Forever Bond, and the Wild Spaces Public Places sales tax. Other funding was through Florida Communities Trust Grants, North American Wetland Conservation Act grants, a donation from the Whitehurst family, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District .  The preserve was purchased to protect, preserve and enhance the unique natural and cultural resources found on the property and to provide an enjoyable and educational passive recreational experience.  The northern Levy Loop Trail and the Southern Trail entrance.  The trails that are accessible from each trailhead currently do not connect.
       
      Preserve Hours:
       
      8AM-6PM (November-April)
      8AM-8PM (May-October)
       
      Preserve Rules:
       
      • No Dogs, there are too many alligators
      • Feeding Alligators is dangerous and illegal (FAC68A-25.001)
      • Pack out what you pack in.
      • Leave what you find. Collecting plants, artifacts or fossils is prohibited.
      • For your own safety, STAY ON THE LEVEE.
      • Trails are for pedistrians and cyclists only.
      • Cyclists and Equestrian users must use designated trails.
      • Cyclists yield to horses and hikers. Hikers yield to horses.
      • Equestrian users must provide proof of negative Coggins to enter the Preserve (FAC SC-18).
      • Visitors who remain after hours are trespassing.
      • Do not enter closed areas.
      • Be a good neighbor to our neighbors
        • Respect their privacy
        • Stay on marked trails
        • Park in the designated parking area
        • Stay off private roads
      • No taking, harassing, or killing of wildlife without written permission from Alachua County.

       

      Advice For The Trails:

      • For your comfort and safety, wear sunscreen and a hat, use insect repellent, and carry water.
      • Do not approach alligators blocking the trails.

       

      Levy Loop (6.5 miles) – The trail circles restored marsh. Walking the entire loop takes 3.5 to 4  hours at a leisurely pace. A leisurely bike ride takes about 2 hours.  Under wet conditions the trail surface can be muddy and uneven. The South Levee Trail provides views of marsh and forest.  It is partially shaded for most of its length.  The North Levee Trail has neighboring homes for the first mile. Please be quiet and respect their privacy. The north side offers views of marsh and has no shade.    Beware of alligators. NO DOGS ALLOWED.

      *Barr Hammock South trail and entrance will be closed summer 2019 for timber harvest*

      Barr Hammock South entrance provides 13 miles of trails for hikers, bikers, and equestrian users:

      • Piney Woods Loop - Equestrian Trail. Round trip length 4.5 miles. This trail travereses pinelands and ancient oak forests. This route is sandy and partially shaded.
      • Bayhead Trail - Cyclist Trail. Round trip from trailhead outer loop is 2.8 miles, shortcut is 2.0 miles. Take a trip through swamps, sandhills, and hardwood forest with views of Still Branch Creek.
      • Still Branch Crossing - Only pedestrians have a loop. 3.8 miles round trip for outer loop, 3.3 miles via shortcut. Bike and horse use to reach Hammock Loop or can travel there and back. The cyclist trail includes a bridged crossing of Still Branch Creek. The equestrial trail crosses teh creek where swamp turns to creek.
      • Hammock Loop - The Hammock Loop is about 9 miles via cycling route and 8 miles via horse trail route round trip from the trailhead. These distances include traveling portions of the Bayhead and Still Branch trail to access the Hammock Loop. Under wet conditions, the back roads will be under water and only Main Road will be accessible. Mosquitoes may be abundant. This is a mostly shady trail sheltered by large old trees. The Landing Overlook has views of Ledwith Prairie that may include wading birds or waterfowl and other marsh creatures.

       

      No water available in the parking area.

      No restrooms.  No picnic facilities.

      Trail maps are available at the Preserve or you can request a brochure by email using the link on our contact page. Brochures are available in alternate format on request.

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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. For more information, visit the St. John's Water Management District website.

      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 Spring Park is open 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk. The spring and boat ramp will close 30 minutes prior to dusk each day. 

      Until November 2, 2019, the park will open at 7:30 am and close at 7:00 pm. November 3, 2019 through December 31, 2019, the park will open at 7:00 am and close at 6:00 pm.

      There is a $5.00 per vehicle parking charge at Poe Springs, cash only please.

      The Park may close when the Spring reaches capacity of 100 persons.

      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 dock afford watercraft access to the river.

      The Lodge At Poe Springs is available for event rentals, 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.  Call us at 352-264-6868 to check date availability, rates,  and to request a facilities use agreement.


    • 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

      Join us on July 18th, 2019 in the Idylwild Elementary School media center to hear about proposed upgrades to Squirrel Ridge Park and give us your input! Meeting time is 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

      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.


    • 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 Greater Alachua County Fair is October 25-November 2, 2019. Click here to visit The Greater Alachua County Fair Website, or find the fair on Facebook!

         

        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, 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 352-264-6868 to check your date(s) for availability, read the Alachua County Event Guide, and then complete a Request For Event Cost Estimate

        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 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).   Contact us 1t 352-264-6868 to check availability for your date, confirm rates, and to request a facilities use agreement.

        The park also has a concession area available for rent that includes a refrigerator and sink and counter space.  This area can be rented only in conjunction with the Freedom Community Center. Contact us at 352-264-6868 to check availability for your date, confirm rates, and to request a facilities use agreement.


      • 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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        • Gainesville, FL 32653
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        • North Trail 14500 NE County Road 1471 Waldo FL--South Trail 18795 NE 132nd Avenue
        • Waldo, FL 32694
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