Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
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|Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
The east end of the Hawthorne-Gainesville Trail
|Location||Alachua County, Florida, USA|
|Nearest city||Gainesville, Florida|
|Area||16-mile (26 km) length|
|Governing body||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
It is protected as a 16-mile (26 km) long Florida State Park and runs from the City of Gainesville's Boulware Springs Water Works to the town of Hawthorne. It passes through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area along a former Seaboard Coast Line Railroad line. The property was purchased by the state of Florida from CSX Transportation with money from the "trails from rails" program in late 1989. The trail opened for use in January 1992.
The Boulware Springs trailhead is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. November through April and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May through October. The Paynes Prairie portion of the trail is open from 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year.
- "Parcel: 19801-300-000". Alachua County Property Appraiser. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
- "Report to Congress: Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants-in-Aid Program". National Park Service. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
- Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail at Florida State Parks
- Friends of the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail
- Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail at Absolutely Florida
- Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail at Wildernet
- Area Overview of Gainesville-Hawthorne Rail Trail at Outdoor Travels
- Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail at BikeFlorida.net
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