Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

3.00 out of 5
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↑ 700 ft
↓ 600 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This is not an MTB trail but it is worth listing because it has over 16 miles of paved car free riding. You will pass through a beautiful forest where you will see wildlife and awesome scenery. This trail is mostly flat but there are a couple of areas where you will encounter a gradual elevation change. A local Gainesville favorite that will give you miles of great biking.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (21 total check-ins)
  Orangecycle   on Dec 31, 2018
  nbcrowe   on Apr 8, 2018
  Mark Richardson   on Jun 15, 2017
  Mark Richardson   on May 31, 2017
  Mark Richardson   on May 10, 2017
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Reviews (6)


March 26, 2018
acrmedic Gramcounter  
Review: Not a mountain bike trail, but the quintessential rail trail ride in the Gainesville area. 16 miles one way. Mostly flat, but there are some good hills on the section riding out of Gainesville.


October 18, 2015
CyberBomb Gnarly  
Review: This is not a mountain biking trail. This is a path that you can ride on any bicycle. You will be riding through swamplands and not a forest like somebody previously stated. It's typical mid Florida scenery and landscape. Nothing technical and only one spot of elevation. You can find a fork in the road that will lead you to the lake or you can take the left-hand side which will lead you 15 miles down the road. This is a great path for amateur cyclists or someone looking for an OK road ride...


February 4, 2015
Review: A pave rails to trails path. Great for family or casual ride with friends. Flat and several THs on the route. Typical central Florida scenery.

Similar Trail: Withlacooche State Trail

February 9, 2013
Review: There are some mountain bike trails off of the main paved trail now. The trail head for one of the non paved trails is where the paved trail crosses County Road 234. There is about 5 or 6 miles of off road trails. Mostly single track, A bit of 2 track service roads. A couple of board walks. Pretty fun to ride in the winter (non rainy bug season). Not so much fun in the rainy season, too many bugs and too much mud. Its fun to take the road bike and mountain bike. Ride paved trail for awhile on the road bike & then hop on the mountain bike for a ride!!


October 12, 2011
Review: Trail starts out with elevation changes and turns change in scenery and scenic overlooks in the first couple of miles. Then it goes flat and straight wow I'm starting to fall asleep just writing about it. Keep the ride short enjoy the first couple miles and turn around before you get hit with dissapointment


March 16, 2011
theUfan Epic  
Review: This is a paved trail that is great to get some miles in and enjoy the beautiful scenery that Florida offers. You will not encounter any dirt trails here but it's worth a visit because it runs through a beautiful forest and you won’t be disappointed. Some slight elevation change but nothing to get worked up about because the trail is mostly flat.

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