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About the Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a man-made wetland habitat of more than 125 acres. Shaped like the head of an alligator, the park has several miles of trails and is teeming with plants and animals. It was designed to improve water quality by filtering out pollution and nutrients. The park provides several environmental benefits, such as:


   - Restoring the natural water flow to more than 1,300 acres of formerly drained  wetlands in Paynes Prairie.

   - Protecting and improving water quality in the Alachua Sink and the Floridan aquifer.

   - Increasing the amount of conservation lands within Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.


To learn more about this land and the wetlands park, visit our History page.



From I-75 North/South, take exit 382 for FL 121 toward Gainesville. Turn left onto Southeast Williston Road and go 3.1 miles.
The park entrance will be on the right. Please note the address may not show up correctly in some internet searches. 


Park Map

Park Rules

Activities such as horseback riding, biking, canoeing or using a kayak, camping and driving cars on the trail are not allowed. Please park bikes at rack.

Fishing is not allowed.


Due to potential conflict with alligators, other wildlife, and livestock, pets are not allowed in the park.


Photography is permitted. Please, no drones.

Additional Information

For special needs accommodations, please call 352-554-5871 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before your visit.

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