Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is not only a place to connect with nature, it's a way to protect our environment. The park, which consists of more than 125 acres of wetlands and ponds, was created to improve the water quality of wetlands in Paynes Prairie and the Floridan Aquifer. Now a thriving habitat, Sweetwater Wetlands Park is filled with vast numbers of plants and animals, including birds, butterflies, alligators and Florida cracker horses. At the park, you can walk more than 3.5 miles of crushed gravel trails and boardwalks, experience the lush landscape from viewing platforms, and learn about the habitat through educational signs and tours.


325 Southwest Williston Road
Gainesville, FL 32641


7:00 am to dusk daily

Park Rules & Info

The park is a sanctuary where plants, animals, and historic and cultural resources are protected by law. Pets, motorized vehicles, camping, fires and digging are prohibited along trails.

Fees: $5 per car, $2 per person (bicyclists, pedestrians, buses)


Photo by: Danny Rohan

Photo by: Danny Rohan

Photo by: Danny Rohan