Morningside Nature Center
A popular nature park with something for everyone. At Morningside, you can enjoy seven miles of hiking trails through the peaceful pine woodlands and wildflower fields while encountering wild deer, several bird species, turtles and other wildlife. There is a Living History Farm on site as well where you can learn about the life of rural families in the 19th century through a replica cabin and garden with real farm animals.
Bivens Arm Nature Park
A haven for keen birdwatchers, Bivens Arm Nature Park has boardwalks over a salt marsh where many species of wading birds can be spotted, as well as owls and migratory songbirds. An observation deck and picnic grounds make it a welcoming spot for families too.
Boulware Springs Nature Park
This is the starting point for the 17-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail with a parking lot and picnic area for refreshments before you set off. Cyclists, horseback riders, and hikers are all welcome.
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
You’ll feel like you’ve entered another world when you explore a sinkhole that’s 120-feet deep. Full of rich plant life, trickling streams and waterfalls, you’re guaranteed a rainforest oasis even in the height of summer.
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
If you have an interest in rural history, Dudley Farm is not to be missed. Staff in period clothing will teach you about work and family life in the pioneer days of North Florida. There are replica houses, stores and industrial buildings full of original furniture and equipment and fun live demonstrations. A visitor center, picnic areas, and nature trail can also be found at this state park.
Gum Root Park
Gum Root Park is situated at Newnans Lake on the northern shore. The park has miles of trails that pass through natural habitats including swamps, forest and pastureland. You’ll have plentiful birdwatching here, as well as being able to spot deer, alligators and other local critters.
John Mahon Nature Park
Named after a local leader devoted to conservation, you enjoy John Mahon’s faithful work to preserve large areas of local prairie land on this peaceful hiking trail through mixed and pine forest.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park
A quaint little house preserved in its 1930s state sits in the grounds of this secluded state park. Wander the nature trails and roam through the garden and orange grove surrounding the house.
O’Leno State Park
Almost every outdoor interest is catered for in the O’Leno State Park. If you’re looking for somewhere to set up camp, hike and cycle the trails or swim, fish and canoe down the river then this vast and diverse park really has it all. The impressive river views, sinkholes and varied flora and fauna found in the area will delight day-trippers and serious nature-lovers alike.
Palm Point Nature Park
The southern shores of Newnan’s Lake, Palm Point Nature Park is the perfect secluded spot for a day of birdwatching or fishing. Within the park, there are many butterflies on the shoreline and you might even be lucky enough to see an alligator or two.
Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park
A uniquely diverse area that is very popular with locals and tourists alike, where the views are spectacular and all outdoor interests are catered for.
Poe Springs Park
Family-friendly Poe Springs Park is a great place to cool off on a hot Florida day. Jump into the bright blue waters and shallow pools or swim down to the underwater cave if you’re feeling brave. You can go kayaking, canoeing and tubing on the water, or enjoy picnics and other outdoor pursuits in the surrounding parkland.
River Rise Preserve State Park
Spend a day hiking, cycling, fishing, wildlife spotting or horse-riding at this State Park where the Santa Fe River comes above ground.
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
Daredevils will love speeding through this large woodland park, one of the top destinations for mountain bikers in the state. There are 30 miles of track to keep your adrenaline pumping! But don’t worry if two-wheeled extreme pursuits aren’t your thing, this park is large enough to accommodate many different interests. Hikers and horseback riders will also find solitude on dedicated trails.
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Spot the alligators and other diverse local wildlife in the wetlands and prairie marsh. There’s a Visitor Center where you can start off on one of the eight trails through the park, whether you’re looking for hiking, cycling or horseback riding trails, there’s something for you there. You’ll be rewarded with panoramic views from the platform at the end of the Le Chua Trail.