A 30-acre system within the city of Gainesville, this patch of preserve is the tradition of Mrs. Gladys Cofrin, an active ecologist who had a horse farm and household homestead on this website.
Gainesville ( 29.660186, -82.394850 ) 0.5 miles
The good news is, she passed it along to the individuals of Gainesville rather of selling out for yet another neighborhood.
The brief nature path through the park supplies a shady walk through several environments, consisting of along a seepage stream and through upland forest.
Trailhead kiosk at Cofrin Nature Park
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Place: GainesvilleLength: 0.5 mile round-trip and loopTrailhead: 29.660186, -82.394850 Fees: NoneRestroom: NoneLand supervisor: City of GainesvillePhone: 352-334-5067
The former home will end up being an ecological education center, when funds are discovered for renovation. Parking spaces are limited.
Considering that entryway to the park is managed by gates, ensure you note the time the park closes and leave before it does. The park is open from 8 to 6, Nov-Apr, and 8 to 8, May-Oct.
There are picnic tables and a portable toilet at the trailhead, plus a bike rack for passing bicyclists to park and take a walk on the nature path.
Under the tall pines.
Another view of Beville Creek.
A brief side path causes a neglect with a bench, a great spot to sit in the shade and write in your journal.
Up in the limbs of the oaks, resurrection fern stands out in sharp green relief after a rain.
View of Beville Creek.
Beville Creek is born of rainfall on these upland locations, which seeps from the slope into the stream. Houses peep out from behind a screen of forest.
The path continues uphill beneath high loblolly pines and water oaks, magnolias, and chestnut trees. As soon as a horse pasture however has reverted to upland forest, the location was.
As the path leaves the parking area, it passes the picnic tables and immediately crosses over Beville Creek.
Walking through the wood hammock.
A side trail causes another bench and dead ends. The main trail comes back to the end of the loop. Retrace your walk back to the parking area.
Past an interpretive sign for a seepage slope, the trail reaches a decision point at a loop.
Turn right and follow the path below the oaks, discovering the bracken fern in the understory.
From Interstate 75 at Newberry Road, drive east, passing the Oaks Mall. Stay in the left lane. When NW 8th Street divides off of Newberry Road, turn left onto NW 8th Street. The park is on the left almost immediately; try to find the indication.
A side trail leads to another bench and dead ends. The primary path comes back to the end of the loop. Backtrack your walk back to the parking area.
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When NW 8th Street divides off of Newberry Road, turn left onto NW 8th Street. The park is on the left nearly instantly; look for the indication.