Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

 

Bivens Arm Nature Park Offers Picnics and Some Hiking

Alachua County

Near Gainesville, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Traffic: Moderate

 

I recommend Bivens Arm Nature Park for a picnic and some woodland hiking if you are in the area, but it is not something to go out of your way for.

 

To be sure, I don't want to come across as negative. This delightful park offers ample parking with quick access to grills, multiple covered picnic tables, emergency phone, and even wheelchair access restrooms.  The trail is somewhat of a bonus, a place to wander during a family gathering while the others eat and talk. The park also serves a functional purpose in  preventing or controlling erosion. Finally, there is a platform adjacent to the picnic area overlooking wetlands where others have spotted alligators, although in multiple trips I have not.

 

That said, the trails are somewhat aimless, mostly unnamed and unmarked. Some end suddenly in parking lots, or even people's backyards. You never get away from neighborhood sounds such as traffic, lawnmowers, and leaf blowers. Trails are narrow so expect insect swarms even by Florida standards. Wandering everything I could find, I got in about two and a half miles of hiking.

 

Map of Bivens Arm Nature Park Trails

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Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

 

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Bivens Arm Nature Park offers this picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

 

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Bring the family - wheelchair accessible restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

 

Ferns and vines

Ferns and vines are reminiscent of a garden area

 

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

A view of Bivens Arm from a small bridge along the trail

 

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

A nice section of trail at Bivens Arm Nature Park in Gainesville, Florida

 

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

 

 

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Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

Map of Bivens Arm Nature Park Trails

Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

Map of Bivens Arm Nature Park Trails

Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

Map of Bivens Arm Nature Park Trails

Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park
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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

Map of Bivens Arm Nature Park Trails

Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

Map of Bivens Arm Nature Park Trails

Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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Live oak at Bivens Arm Nature Park

Map of Bivens Arm Nature Park Trails

Entrance to Bivens Arm Nature Park

Picnic area in Gainesville, Alachua County

Restroom facilities adjacent to picnic area

Ferns and vines

View of Bivens Arm from small bridge

Trail at Bivens Arm in Gainesville Florida

Wetlands at Bivens Arm Nature Park

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