125-acre preserve adjacent to Paynes Prarie Preserve State Park. Sweetwater Preserve offers 3 miles of unpaved trails, served by two separate trail heads. The 1.75 mile West Trail is located at the east terminus of SE 16th avenue and meanders through hardwoods and floodplain. The 1.2 mile East Trail is located approximately 1/3 mile north of Boulware Springs Park, along the paved Gainesville-Hawthorne Rail-Trail. Park at Boulware Springs and access the preserve by walking north along the GHRT. The East and West trails are connected via bridge.
Trails may be wet or seasonally flooded.
No picnic or restroom facilities.
No removing, killing or harassing of wildlife without written permission from Alachua County.
Trail maps are available at the Preserve or you can request a brochure by emailing the link on our contact page.