Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

 

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

 

Location and Hiking Trail Maps with Nature Viewing Information and Photos

Alachua County

Hawthorne, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Official Website

Traffic: Light

 

With 3000 acres of pine forest to explore near Gainesville, this is one of those cases where maps point you to the forest without you knowing where to park, or even from which street. I added a parking lot to Google Maps to help you on your way! It is an off-street, earthen area that is fenced in and you'll have no problem with any type of vehicle.

 

The hiking itself is breathtaking, and there is more than immediately meets the eye. On my first stop, I only spent about half an hour, seeing little at first besides open fields speckled with the reserve's namesake, the longleaf pines. I dug in more during my second trip, a nice foggy morning in winter, and enjoyed each of my six miles through thick forest. The trails themselves are well maintained, with many choices to create your own journey of loops through red, white, and yellow trails. If you follow my route below, by either using the AllTrails App or the PDF, you will note a long, straight jaunt where I turn back. This is the blue trail. I don't recommend it as it seems to lead along a fence and straight back to the highway but away from the parking area.

 

On a weekend, I usually see one to three other cars and trucks parked here, but the trails and the area are expansive enough that you will have plenty of solitude by yourself or with a hiking partner. This is purely a hiking and camping area, with no amenities such as grills, picnic benches, or other facilities.

 

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map - PDF map of trail hike

 

Interactive Map of trail at AllTrails Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young pines in fog amid palm, grass, and various oak

 

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Longleaf Pines can grow to 100 feet tall and live for centuries

 

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve
Winter fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

 

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

 

Young Longleaf Pines

Young Longleaf Pines in a more open area amid palmetto

 

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve on a Foggy Winter Morning

 

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Sunlight breaks through, quickly evaporating the fog and leaving glistening dew on the pines

 

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

 

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

The Google map below will lead you straight here

 

View of forest from Yellow Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, FL near Gainesville.

 

 

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Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

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Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

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Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

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Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida
Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Bryan Lindenberger
Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Hawthorne, Florida

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve Trail Map

Young Pines at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Long Leaf Pine Forest

Morning fog at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Trail at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines

Hiking Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

Young Longleaf Pines Near Gainesville

Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve in Summer

Parking at Longleaf Flatwoods Reserve

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