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Level: Easiest
Length: 16 mi (25.7 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +222/ -185 ft
Total: 25 riders

Mountain Biking Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

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#151 of 285 mountain bike trails in Florida
#4,714 in the world

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.

First added by IdahoLife on Mar 16, 2011. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Gainesville, start on University Ave and head east to the far side of Gainesville. Take the right fork onto Hawthorne rd and then a quick right onto SE 15th St. Follow SE 15th St until you come to Boulware Springs Park on the right.
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  • acrmedic

    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.

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  • CyberBomb

    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...

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter

    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.

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    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

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  • IdahoLife   ✓ supporter

    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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