Alachua County and Gainesville, FL Area State Parks and Springs

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Real Estate Agent with Classic Properties

On my Gainesville, FL real estate website, I have a tab for Food and Recreation.  I have done several Gainesville area restaurant profiles and have written an article for my recommended places to eat in Gainesville.  I also comprised a list of places to play golf in Gainesville and golf course communities.  It is high time I transfer my list of State Parks from my website to Localism and Active Rain in an effort to gain more exposure for these places! 

Gainesville is a very "green friendly" community and is home to a wealth of trees not commonly thought of when one envisions a "typical" Florida city.  Gainesville more closely resembles what people envision when they think of Georgia or North Carolina, NOT Florida.  And guess what?  We have hills!   Please view my blog index for Gainesville and Alachua Co. Slideshows and Photos!

Below are just a few of our wonderful local State Parks and Springs.  Don't miss Ichetucknee Springs State Park if you want to have a real blast innertubing down the river in the middle of a gorgeous shady hammock!

 

 
Devil's Millhopper

Awesome sinkhole you can walk down into with the stairs provided.  Trails surround the sinkhole.  The only downside is the climb back up the stairs!



San Felasco Hammock

San Felasco comprises two distinct parks separated by a creek.  The strictly hiking trailhead is located off of Millhopper Road and the biking and equestrian trail head is located off of 441.  Miles of trails through gorgeous preserve land where you will more than likely see a deer or five!



Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha is a 62 acre facility home to not only the state's largest display of bamboos and other plants, but it is also the site of the popular Kanapaha Annual Arts festival with tons of vendors, food and live entertainment!



Paynes Prairie


Hawthorne State Trail


Morningside Nature Center


Ichetucknee Springs State Park

 

Ginnie Springs

 

Poe Springs

 

Blue Springs

 

Devil's Den

 

Gum Root Swamp - 741 acre conservation area

 

Alfred A. Ring Park - Located off Glen Springs Road, this 19 acre park comprises trails through hammocks and passing Hogtown Creek and picnic areas

 

Dudley Farm State Park - Home to 18 buildings representing a late 1800s farm which includes staff in period clothing, the original family farmhouse complete with furnishings and even a functional cane syrup complex.

 

OLeno State Park - Oleno is approx. 6 miles north of High Springs, but worth mentioning as it is located along the Santa Fe River, has multiple sinkholes, hammocks and is near River Rise State Preserve.  You may canoe, hike, bike, fish and picnic here and even camp at the full-facility campground.

 

Find more parks at www.floridastateparks.org



 

 

Angela Elliott is a licensed Florida REALTOR® with Century 21 Classic Properties in Gainesville, FL. Please visit my profile for more about me and browse my Gainesville, FL real estate website for additional Alachua County information and listings. Your phone calls are always welcome at (352) 256-7038 as are your e-mails to angela.elliott1@century21.com.  A portion of all my closed sales will be donated to the Alachua Co. Humane Society (View my mission statement).

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Angela Elliott is a licensed Florida REALTOR® with Classic Properties Realty Services in Gainesville, FL. Please visit my profile for more about me and browse my Gainesville, FL real estate website for additional Alachua County information and listings. Your phone calls are always welcome at (352) 256-7038 as are your e-mails to GainesvillePro@yahoo.com.  A portion of all my closed transactions will be donated to Second Chance Rescue and Rehoming: http://secondchancerescueandrehoming.org/

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Kevin O'Shea
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Hi Angela,

Great info on your areas, you look very thin to be at so many restaurants  :).

All the best!

 

Sep 03, 2008 07:31 AM #1
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Terrie Leighton
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Hello Angela,

This is quite a compilation of information about the beautiful parks in your area. I would love to intertube down the river state park...in a hammock did you say?

Sep 03, 2008 10:15 AM #2
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Bruce Dicks
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Very nice post. All the parks in these areas are so pretty.

Bruce Dicks, Realtor, Lake City, Fl.

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Nov 20, 2008 12:57 AM #3
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Aaron Bosshardt
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I know its not in Alachua County, but Silver Springs ought to get a mention dont you think?

Nov 20, 2008 11:42 AM #4
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