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Things to do in Gainesville, FL: Best place to ride bikes, rollerblade, run, and walk - Hawthorne Trail

Things to do in Gainesville, FL: 
Best place to ride bikes, rollerblade, run, and walk

Hawthorne Trail


My very favorite place to rollerblade, ride bikes, run, and walk is the 32 mile round-trip rails-to-trails Hawthorne Trail.  The trail runs from Gainesville to Hawthorne, and is one of the most beautiful, scenic trails I've ever been on.  The other HUGE BONUS is that you don't have to dodge cars- it's a dedicated bike trail.

There are many points of entry so that you can easily park and access the trail.  I've parked at Boulware Springs (http://www.visitgainesville.com/attractions/boulware-springs-nature-park/), La Chua Trail (http://floridahikes.com/paynes-prairie-lachua), and just north of the trail on South Main Street (just south of the Cade Museum along Depot Park).  The only downside of parking on Main Street is that you must cross over a few roads (and a big one- Waldo Road) as part of the pathway, but the benefit is that it's flat for most of the way.  Parking at Boulware Springs and La Chua Trail and heading towards Hawthorne is definitely more challenging with more hills and curves.

My ideal distance for biking and rollerblading is around 10 miles.  I use the RunKeeper app to measure the distance of 5 miles and then I turn around and head back to my car at that point.  One of my favorite trail paths is starting at South Main Street and going to the Alachua Lake Overlook (~9.6 miles roundtrip).  

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Susannah Peddie
CEO Southern Comfort Properties: Short-term Housing in Gainesville, FL


Hawthorne Trail  Pathway
Hawthorne Trail Pathway
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Hawthorne Trail Pathway: Alachua Lake Overlook
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Hawthorne Trail
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Hawthorne Trail; Wildlife Spotting
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Hawthorne Trial: Selfie at the ~5 mile point at Alachua Lake Overlook
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