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Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

 

Prairie Creek Preserve

Alachua County

Near Gainesville, Florida

Entry Fee: None

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An absolutely breathtaking series of many trails (my six mile hike seemed to only graze the surface) with rich diversity including pines, old forest, and swamp and marshlands, lovingly and well maintained by the Alachua Conservation Trust.

 

Trails such as these are often hard to find, difficult to reach, or lack parking. In this case, it's easy to reach simply by going to Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail Parking (map), parking in the wide designated area, and walking stright ahead (watch for bikers on the paved trail!)  toward the picnic bench pictured below. Almost immediately you will see a sign for the Susan Wright Trail, and after that you can take your pick of many trails including the Kathy Cantwell Trail.

 

At one point, I re-emerged along the paved biking trail - which is always busy on the weekends while the forest trails are quiet - and found literature for the nearby Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, worth mentioning here for nature lovers who prefer a natural, less costly, and environmentally sound alternative to other burial options. Includes resting places for ashes and pets as well, and I am taken enough by their literature to mention here. This nonprofit organization also seeks volunteers.

 

The images below from Prairie Creek Preserve are from late spring and autumn. It is amazing how much changes and stays the same, and all seasons are beautiful here in sites and sounds. Happy hiking!

 

Map of Susan Wright Trail and Other Trails at Prairie Creek Preserve - PDF of recorded hike

Interactive Map of Trails at AllTrails

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Use Gainesville-Hawthorne biking trail parking to enter Prairie Creek Preserve trails

 

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Picnic table and kiosk near the entrance

 

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Just 50 or so steps in, you are greeted by the Susan Wright Trail

 

Prairie Creek Preserve

An abundance of pine, palm, and palmetto

 

Early Autumn

Trail leads to an intersection of power lines, but keep going

 

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Kathy Cantwell Trail at Prairie Creek Preserve

 

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Autumn Leaf in Florida

 

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Red-belted conk (Fomitopsis pinicola)

 

Palm Trees in Forest

Majestic palm rising from the forest to remind you that you are in Florida

 

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Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida
Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Bryan Lindenberger
Marshland at Prairie Creek Preserve, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve Parking

Entrance to Prairie Creek Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Hiking near Gainesville, Florida

Prairie Creek Preserve

Early Autumn

Kathy Cantwell Trail

Autumn Leaf Closeup

Red-belted conk fungus - Fomitopsis pinicola

Palm Trees in Forest

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images