Amelia Island State Park

Another barrier island beach park within the
Talbot Islands complex is the 371-acre
Amelia Island State Park. This park serves
as the primary gateway to the George Crady
Bridge State Fishing Pier, which is a
pedestrian only one-mile bridge spanning
the Nassau Sound.  Fishing is the primary
recreational activity along the bridge and
coastal shoreline of Amelia Island.  The park
is an angler’s paradise, with common
catches that include flounder, redfish,
speckled sea trout and black drum.  If fishing
does not lure your interest, how about guided
horseback rides along the Atlantic Ocean?
Horseback rides are available along miles
of undeveloped beach allowing many
opportunities for sighting wildlife.
 If you are
looking for a more leisurely view of the park,
the shoreline is a great place to find
seashells or to just unwind in a beautiful
natural setting.

Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

One of the newest additions to the Florida
State Park system is Pumpkin Hill Creek
Preserve State Park.  This 4,000-acre park
offers miles of trails through upland flatwood
forest, as well as a walk-in access canoe
and kayak launch into Pumpkin Hill Creek.
Fishing, horseback riding, off-road bicycling
and hiking are the primary natural resource
recreation activities.  

Jenning's State Forest
c/o St. John's River Water Mgmt.Distr.
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, FL 32178-1429
(904) 329-4404

Bayard Point
c/o St. John's River Mgmt. Distr.
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, FL 32178-1429
(904) 329-4404

St Mary's River
c/o St. John's River Mgmt. Distr.
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, FL 32178-1429

Cary State Forest
8719 West Beaver St., (US 90)
Jacksonville, FL 32220
(904) 529-2357

Big Talbot Island State Park
c/o Little Talbot GEO Park
11435 Ft. George Rd, East
Ft. George, FL 32226
(904) 251-2320

Welaka State Forest
Division of Forestry
P.O. Box 174
Welaka, FL 32193
(904) 467-2388

Dunn's Creek
c/o St. John's River Magmt. Distr.
P.O. Box 1329
Palatka, FL 32178-1429
(904) 329-4404

Blue Springs State Park Trails
2100 West French Avenue
Orange City, FL 32763
(904) 775-3663


Big Shoals State Forest
Route 7, Box 369
Lake City, FL 32055
(904) 758-5700

Mattair Springs Tract
c/o Suwannee River Mgmt. Distr.
9225 County Road 49
Live Oak, FL 32060
(904) 935-2241

Osceola National Forest
P.O. Box 70
Olustee, FL 32072
(904) 752-2577

O'Leno State Park
Route 2, Box 1010
High Springs, FL 32643
(904) 454-1853

Lake Oklawaha RV Resort
24350 NE 160th Avenue Road
P.O. Box 2010
Ft. McCoy, FL 32134
(800) 622-5550

Goethe State Forest
Usher Work Center
8250 SE County Road 336
Dunnellon, FL 34431
(352) 447-2202

San Felasco Hammock State
c/o Devil's Millhopper State Geo-
logical Site
4732 Millhopper Road
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 336-2135

Paynes Prairie State Preserve
Route 2, Box 41
Micanopy, FL 32667
(352) 466-3397

Lockloosa Wildlife
c/o St. John's River Water Mgmt. Distr.
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, FL 32178-1429
(904) 329-4404

Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park
stretches 16 miles from the City of
Gainesville's Boulware Springs Park through
the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and
the Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area.
The recreational trail is designed for walking,
cycling, and horseback riding. Parking is
provided at three trail heads, Boulware
Springs Park (3500 SE 15th Street) in
Gainesville; near C.R. 2082 west of
Hawthorne at 7209 SE 200th Drive; and at
300 SW 2nd Avenue, in Hawthorne. Primitive
restrooms are located at mile markers 1.0
and 6.6.

Manager's Message
NOTICE: A portion of the
Gainesville/Hawthorn trail between the
intersection with SE 92nd Terrace and SE
107th , approximately mile marker #7, will be
closed beginning September 6th, 2005.
Due to construction of a drainage system, the
trail will be removed for culvert installation.
Once construction is complete, this section
of trail will reopen.

Hours of Operation
The starting point for the trail, the Boulware
Springs trailhead, is open from 8 a.m. to 6
p.m. November through April and from 8 a.m.
to 8 p.m. May through October. The Paynes
Prairie portion of the trail is open from 8 a.m.
until sunset, 365 days a year.

Driving Directions
Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park starts
on S.E. 15th Street and extends to Hawthorne
near U.S. 301.

To reach the Boulware Springs trailhead
from Gainesville, intersection of University
Avenue and Main Street: Travel east on
University Avenue and take the right fork onto
SR 20. Almost immediately, go south onto
SE 15th Street. Travel until you find Boulware
Springs City Park on the right. If the road
makes a 90 degree left turn, you've passed
the park and need to turn around.
To reach the Hawthorne trailhead from
Hawthorne: Follow the signs posted on US
301 or CR 2082.
Park Fees
Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail State Park use
is free.
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Region 2 Administration, 4801 Camp Ranch
Gainesville, Florida 32641
Phone: 352-466-3397
Horseback Riding
Check out the current
events scheduled at the
Jacksonville Equestrian