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Discover Gainesville, FL

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.

RV Parks

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.

RV Rentals in Gainesville, FL

Gainesville, FL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Gainesville. Outdoorsy's Gainesville RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

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Nearby to Gainesville are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Cumberland Island National Seashore, Fort Caroline National Memorial, Fort Pulaski National Monument, Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, and Canaveral National Seashore.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Belleview-Santos Trailhead Ocala Florida
Guana River State Park Loop Trail Ponte Vedra Florida
Wekiwa Springs Loop Trail Apopka Florida
Julington Durbin Creek Preserve Jacksonville Florida
Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Jacksonville Florida
Hanna Park South Trail Jacksonville Florida
Little Talbot Island Hiking Trail Mayport Florida
Little-Big Econ State Forest Geneva Florida
Black Bear Wilderness Area Trail Sanford Florida
La Chua Trail Micanopy Florida

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Ocala Sun RV Resort

campground Ocala, FL
With its convenient location, spacious full hookup sites, and first-class resort amenities, Ocala Sun RV Resort offers the best of Florida living. Centrally located between Gainesville and Orlando, Ocala Sun RV Resort is the perfect jumping point to the area's best restaurants, shopping centers, and golf courses. The Ocala National Forest is nearby, as well as the popular Silver Springs State Park. Hiking, biking, boating, and swimming are within reach, and so are the world-famous beaches of Daytona and Clearwater. At home, the city of Ocala has the Ocala Historic District to boast. From the E.C. Smith House to the Union Train Station, you'll have plenty of historic and culturally significant points of interest to visit. And back at the resort, you'll have the site clubhouse, picnic area, and heated outdoor pool and spa waiting for you. Whether you're looking forward to a relaxing day in the sun, or planning a fun city night out with your friends, you'll be right where you want to be when you're at Ocala Sun RV Resort.

Florida Museum of Natural History

attraction Gainesville, FL
It?s the country?s largest and fastest-growing natural history museum, with millions of artifacts and specimens from dinosaurs to wild butterflies, and excellent tours that are carefully crafted to communicate the science and culture behind each collection. Not only is this a museum but it is also a research institution which monitors endangered and threatened species around the world. These findings are communicated through interactive exhibits, lectures and k-12 educational programs. You will come out with a profound appreciation for biodiversity.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

attraction Gainesville, FL
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens includes the state's largest display of bamboos and the most extensive herb garden in the Southeast. The gardens are comprised of 24 major collections which you can easily access on a 1.5 mile pathway. The most colorful months to view the flowers are June through September. Also be sure not to miss the special events that are hosted in Kanapaha such as the premier horticultural event in North Central Florida, the Spring Garden Festival and the Moonlight Walk where paths and meadows are illuminated by special laser lights and more than 1500 luminaries and you can enjoy live music as well. Make sure you bring a picnic basket to make your visit even more complete.

Twin Lakes Fish Camp

campground Gainesville, FL
Wedged between two major hunting management areas and situated on the historical Cross Creek, which acts as a bridge between Lake Lochloosa and Orange Lake. The camp is also located close to a state park, all of these characteristics makes Twin Lakes a good fishing and hunting base camp that is close to Gainesville. Take an airboat trip on your RV rental excursion.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

attraction Fort White, FL
The crystalline and turquoise waters of Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded trees and wetlands and then it becomes a part of the Santa Fe River. You can visit the famous Blue Hole where you can scuba dive and check out underwater creatures which give it its distinct color. Or you can tube down the river, snorkel, canoe, swim, and hike. There are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities, you can see white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons. You can also have a picnic and share a grill with your friends and family as you enjoy the scenery

Sportsmans Cove Resort

campground McIntosh, FL
You'll have sunset views on Orange Lake, oak lined paths and a quiet place to enjoy your stay while in the region. The small town atmosphere found in the quaint village of McIntosh will welcome you, and its prime location (just 26 miles from downtown Gainesville), make the Sportsman?s Cove an ideal place to rest. If fishing is your game this a great place to stay in your RV rental.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

campground Micanopy, FL
This 22,000-acre park is one of the most significant natural and historic treasures in Florida. Floridas first state preserve, it is now a National Natural Landmark. There are diverse habitats that can sustain wildlife, livestock, alligators, bison, horses and more than 270 species of birds. A 50-foot-high tower near provides you with panoramic views of the preserve. Exhibits at the interactive visitor center explain the areas natural and cultural heritage. There are eight beautiful trails where you can hike, horseback ride, and bike. On Lake Wauburg you can canoe, kayak or boat and fish. Be sure to partake in one of the annual special events such as the Stargazing Party and Fire Fest. A great destination in your RV rental.

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