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, and alligators.  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.

Park Rules

  • Activities such as biking, horseback riding, camping and driving cars on the trail are not allowed.
  • Please park bikes at rack.
  • Fishing is not permitted.
  • Due to potential conflict with alligators and other wildlife, pets are not allowed in the park.
  • Photography is permitted. Please, no drones.

Mobility tours available upon request. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance by calling 352-554-5871. For other special needs accommodations, please call 352-554-5871 48 hours in advance. 

125 acres

 Amenities: parking, information booth, restrooms, pavilion, boardwalks, nature trail, wildlife viewing. 

Frequently Asked Questions(PDF, 280KB)


WSPP Featured Image.png Construction of a porous concrete trail at Sweetwater Wetlands Park began on November 29 and completed on December 28, 2021.  Improvements included construction of a paved path from the park’s entrance to cell 1.  American Construction Services, Inc. was the general contractor for the project.

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325 SW Williston Road, Gainesville 32641  View Map

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