Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

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Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail east end01.jpg
The east end of the Hawthorne-Gainesville Trail
Map showing the location of Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Map showing the location of Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
LocationAlachua County, Florida, USA
Nearest cityGainesville, Florida
Coordinates29°35′28″N 82°11′21″W / 29.59111°N 82.18917°W / 29.59111; -82.18917Coordinates: 29°35′28″N 82°11′21″W / 29.59111°N 82.18917°W / 29.59111; -82.18917
Area16-mile (26 km) length
Governing bodyFlorida Department of Environmental Protection

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a rail trail in Florida.

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.[1] The trail opened for use in January 1992.[2]

Recreational activities[edit]

Activities include hiking, running, cycling, rollerblading, and horseback riding. A grassy equestrian pathway is available except east of the Lochloosa trailhead.


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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parcel: 19801-300-000". Alachua County Property Appraiser. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Report to Congress: Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants-in-Aid Program". National Park Service. 1986. Retrieved 19 November 2019.

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