Boulware Springs Park

The 19th-century waterworks building, located at Boulware Springs, once provided the water supply for the City of Gainesville. Boulware Springs produces approximately 194,000 gallons of water a day, which flows into Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Boulware Springs is also a trailhead for the 17-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Picnic facilities are available, as well as an area for parking and unloading horses to ride along the state trail. The trail is largely used by hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders.


3300 SE 15th Street
Gainesville, FL 32641


7:00 am – 6:00 pm daily (Nov—Apr)
7:00 am – 8:00 pm daily (May—Oct)

Park Rules & Info

The park is a sanctuary where plants, animals, and historic and cultural resources are protected by law. Please stay on the established trails and keep pets on a leash at all times. Motorized vehicles, camping, fires and digging along trails are prohibited.

City staff and volunteers are actively restoring the degraded sandhill and upland pine forest north of the parking lot. Please contact 352-334-2231 for volunteering information.

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