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Restaurant lunch highlights:

Gainesville's Natural Treasures, Biven's Arm Park

Join the GLOB Master as he seeks out beautiful picnic areas, lunchspots and fun, outdoor places to visit in Gainesville by exploring Gainesville’s parks, trails and walkways.

To quote Gainesvile’s Nature Operations website: “Get to know your nature parks! You can stroll along a trail deep in the woods, walk a boardwalk edging a blackwater stream, take a class to become familiar with the fascinating wildlife, or step back in time over 130 years on a ten-acre Living History Farm. Visit the spring where Gainesville began or ride your bicycle or horse on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Enjoy some of the best bird watching in North Florida, observe butterflies busy at wildflowers, and hear frogs calling for mates.

Today GLOBers will be discovering . . .

Biven’s Arm Nature Park


Newly rebuilt boardwalks and overlooks, new hiking trails, new playground equipment, and other upgraded amenities now await visitors to one of Gainesville’s oldest nature parks. The lush greenery of the live oak hammock provides habitat for forest wildlife, while wading birds and other creatures thrive in the park’s two marshes. The forests and wetlands in this park provide an important buffer between urban Gainesville and the extensive natural areas of Paynes Prairie and also serve as a convenient getaway to enjoy the peace and quiet of natural north Florida.

The wetlands and creeks bordered by upland mixed forests is a true natural treasure. The Park connects the southernmost Gainesville creeks to the wetlands of Paynes Prairie State Preserve. The park's trail meanders through uplands past numerous large live oaks, while the boardwalk and main pavillion border a small marsh. Birders especially enjoy the Bivens Arm Nature Park, where wading birds, including great blue herons, little blue herons, cattle egrets, great egrets and snowy egrets can be seen. You will also see purple gallinules, common moorhens, and a variety of native turtles. You may hear barred owls or great horned owls, and in April and October you may see migratory songbirds such as hermit thrushes and American redstarts.

Gainesville's Nature Park Legend: 

To learn about this nature park on the Gainesville recreational parks map, please click on the park's name on the map and it will take you to the park's description on the same page.


Lunch Stops Bear Bivens Arm:

KNIFEforkARTAdam's Rib Co., Arbys, Blue Gill's Quality Food, China Super Buffet, Chop Stix Cafe, El Norteno, Gator Suyaki,  Jade Gardens, Sawamura, Steak & Shake, La Familia, Lakeside Grill, La Tienda



Last modified onSunday, 23 September 2012 16:27

1 comment

  • Jon Rose
    Jon Rose Thursday, 06 September 2012 09:34 Comment Link

    What a great new feature. Some of these places are off the beaten path and will make interesting discoveries to GLOB readers. And what a useful idea to include lunch places near each one!

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