Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail Overview
The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail in Florida is a 16 mile paved trail that runs from Gainsvilles, Florida to Hawthorne Florida. The trail occupies the former corridor of the Seaboard Coast Railroad. This quiet and nature filled trail passes through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a freshwater marsh and prairie has 22,000 acres of natural scenic beauty with much wildlife to see including wild horse, alligators, bison and sandhill cranes. Additional access to Paynes Prairie Preserve can be had using the La Chua Trail spur.
The Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area is named after Lochloosa Lake also in the WMA. Lochloosa WMA has more than 11,000 acres of forest. Wildlife is abundant and includes osprey, bald eagles,black bear, foxes, wood storks and sandhill cranes.
Points:Gainesville, Florida / Hawthorne, Florida
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