Join the GLOB Master as he seeks out beautiful picnic areas, lunchspots and fun, outdoor places to visit in Gainesville by exploring Gainesville’s parks, trails and walkways.
To quote Gainesvile’s Nature Operations website: “Get to know your nature parks! You can stroll along a trail deep in the woods, walk a boardwalk edging a blackwater stream, take a class to become familiar with the fascinating wildlife, or step back in time over 130 years on a ten-acre Living History Farm. Visit the spring where Gainesville began or ride your bicycle or horse on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Enjoy some of the best bird watching in North Florida, observe butterflies busy at wildflowers, and hear frogs calling for mates.
Today GLOBers will be discovering . . .
Boulware Springs Waterworks & Nature Park
The nineteenth-century waterworks building, located at Boulware Springs, once provided the water supply for the City of Gainesville. Boulware Springs produces approximately 194,000 gallons of water a day, which flows into Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Picnic facilities are available.
Boulware Springs is a trailhead for the 17-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Picnic facilities are available as well as an area for parking and unloading horses to ride along the state trail. The trail is largely used by hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders. The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail stretches from the city of Gainesville's Boulware Springs Park through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and other local and state conservation lands.
Over 270 species of birds can be seen in the adjacen Paynes Prairie State park as well as American Alligators and small herds of Florida Cracker Horses and Florida Cracker cattle, first herded by the Seminole. The Plains Bison were reintroduced to the park from Oklahoma in the mid 1970s, as part of the park service goal of restoring Florida's natural resources to pre-European settler conditions;
To learn about this nature park on the Gainesville recreational parks map, please click on the park's name on the map and it will take you to the park's description on the same page.
3300 SE 15th Street
Park Hours 8:00 am - 8:00 am (May - Oct)
China House, Chunky's Wings & Seafood,
Crab Shack, East End Eatery,
Hook Fish & Chicken