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Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

 

Sweetwater Preserve

Alachua County

Near Gainesville, Florida

Entry Fee: None

Official Website: Alachua County

PDF Brochure and Trail Map

Traffic: Light to Moderate

 

Sweetwater Preserve provides excellent hiking and nature viewing in Gainesville Florida with a break from the cabbage palm and saw palmetto with plenty of American Beech and oak to provide ample shade for most of the hike.

 

It is really two hiking trail loops, an east and a west loop, connected by a bridge over Sweetwater Branch Creek to form a sort of figure eight for your hike. It has two entrances, a west entrance off the street where there is parking, and an east entrance accessible by parking at Gainesville Bike Trailhead Parking (Google Map below) near Boulware Springs State Park and walking north up the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail a couple tenths of a mile. Taken together, the trails will lead you about 3.5 miles.

 

The trails are relatively hilly for the region but common to Gainesville, with a good number of sub-trails. A map provided when they are in stock at the entrances helps you find your way, an the major intersections are numbered. Where Sweetwater Preserve really shines, however, is the pond overview on the East Trail Loop. A sign warns of alligators, and though I saw none that day, it's an area rich in animal life. A bench allows you to sit back and enjoy the symphony of croaking frogs in summer months. Trail traffic is light to moderate with some joggers and people taking their dogs on walks in the creek area.

 

Sweetwater Preserve Trail Map - PDF map of Trail Hike

 

Interactive Map of Trail at AllTrails - Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Coral snake bike rack at East Trail entrance, Sweetwater Preserve, for those biking the Gainesville-Hawthorne Bike Trail

 

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Sweetwater Creek at Sweetwater Preserve in the spring, Gainesville, FL

 

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Swamp at Sweetwater Preserve

 

A frog in the swamp

Frog in the swamp

 

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

The Eastern-Eyed Click Beetle appears to have big eyes

 

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Rotted stump close-up can look like a mountain range

 

 

 

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Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida
Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Bryan Lindenberger
Bridge along Sweetwater Preserve Trail near Gainesville, Florida

East Trail entrance at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

Sweetwater Branch, Gainesville, in the spring

Marshland and swamp at Sweetwater Preserve, Gainesville, Florida

A frog in the swamp

Eastern-Eyed Click Beatle

Patterns in nature, a rotted tree stump or mountain range

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images