Gainesville is a lively college town located in Central Florida, about 70 miles southwest of Jacksonville. Gainesville lies in the heart of the Florida wetlands, making it the perfect destination for visitors looking for scenic trails, premier wildlife viewing, and plenty of water recreation. In addition to being a hub for outdoor adventure, Gainesville is also a bustling college town that’s filled with fascinating museums and has a vibrant downtown scene. Renting an RV in Gainesville is the best way for you to enjoy this exciting city and its surrounding natural beauty.
The Great Outdoors
In the midst of Central Florida’s wetlands, Gainesville is the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers looking to explore Florida’s natural beauty. If you’d rather stay close to the city, check out Boulware Springs Park, the Sweetwater Preserve, or Colclough Pond Nature Park. At Boulware Springs Park, visitors can explore a historic 19th-century waterworks building or embark on a hike on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, a 17-mile trail. The Sweetwater Preserve is also on the outskirts of the city, and it has over three miles of trails through forests and floodplains. Since Sweetwater also connects to the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, you can easily visit both Boulware Springs and Sweetwater in a single day. If you enjoy fishing, take the Gainesville camper rental to Colclough Pond Nature Park, where you can take a short walk to scenic fishing areas along a local pond.
If you’re up for a bit of a drive in the Gainesville motorhome rental, you can check out two of Florida’s best state parks - San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. At San Felasco, visitors can explore one of the last mature forests in Florida by hiking or mountain biking along 20 miles of trails. San Felasco has over five different mountain biking trails of varying difficulties, including the challenging Tung Nut Loop Trail, and three different hiking trails. Watersport enthusiasts should head to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park for canoeing, fishing, and boating. The park is also a hiker’s paradise with eight different trails to choose from. Hike the Bolen Bluff Trail for stunning views of the park’s oak forest and low-lying freshwater marsh, or explore the Chacala Trail for premier wildlife viewing. When you book an RV in Gainesville, you’ll easily be able to explore the natural beauty of Central Florida.
As a hub for outdoor adventure, Gainesville has plenty of RV parks and campgrounds surrounding the city. RVers looking for a variety of on-site amenities should check out the Travelers Campground in nearby Alachua. This RV park has plenty of full hookup sites available as well as on-site amenities like a dog park, heated pool, and Wi-Fi. Suwannee River Hideaway Campground offers a full slew of amenities along the scenic Suwannee River, including a variety of hookup options, a pool, and a 1920’s-style general store with all your RV basics. High Springs Campground, near High Springs, is another option near the city, and it offers full-service sites with amenities like a pool, playground, and modern bathhouse.
If you’d like to stay a bit closer to nature in the RV rental near Gainesville, check out Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp or Kate’s Fish Camp. At Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp in Hawthorne, you can enjoy easy access to fishing and boating on Lochloosa Lake as well as amenities like full hookups, on-site laundry, and a modern bathhouse. Kate’s Fish Camp also offers easy access to a variety of outdoor activities along Newnans Lake, Prairie Creek, and the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, and it has on-site boat rentals. Hookups are limited to water and electric. These lakeside campgrounds are nice for RV adventurers looking for serenity while still staying a reasonable distance away from Gainesville.
Exploring the City
Gainesville is the home of the University of Florida, making it an exciting college town with plenty for visitors to do, including visiting plenty of museums or enjoying a night in Gainesville’s vibrant downtown. Natural history buffs should take the time to visit the Florida Museum of Natural History, which has a massive butterfly exhibit and a walk-in limestone cave. The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, which features over 9,000 works of African, Asian, modern, and contemporary art, is also well worth the visit. You can also check out the Florida Quilt Museum or the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, which was founded by the inventor of Gatorade. However, if you want to relax after a long day venturing through forests and wetlands while exploring the area with the Gainesville RV rental, head to Downtown Gainesville for a delicious farm-to-table meal or stroll along the streets to enjoy unique shops and galleries.