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Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park

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This State Recreational Trail offers unique views along 16 miles, from the city of Gainesville's Boulware Springs Park through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the Lockloosa Wildlife Management Area. The recreational trail follows the railroad bed that was laid from Fernandina to Cedar Key, and that figured so largely in Gainesville history.

Today's trail has been designed for use by hikers, bicyclists and equestrians; parking is provided at three trailheads. The trail starts at SE 15th Street; travelers then make their way near Hwy 301 to trail's end at Hawthorne.

Location: 4801 SE 17th St, Gainesville Florida 32641 Telephone 352-955-2135

Other Florida State Parks nearby:
(Cedar Key) Cedar Key Museum State Park
(Gainesville) Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site
(Gainesville) Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park
(Keystone Heights) Gold Head Branch State Park
(Ponte Vedra Beach) Guana River State Park
(Cross Creek) Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historical Site

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