On December 6, 2018 Alachua Conservation Trust in partnership with Alachua County closed on the 111- acre Serenola Forest. Alachua County through the Alachua County Forever program used money generated by the 1/2-cent sales tax from Wild Spaces Public Places to purchase 103 acres. ACT purchased the remaining 7.7 acres with funding from supporters like you, private foundations, and charitable grants.

ACT is the preserve manager in charge of protecting this open and wild place for you, your community, and your favorite wildlife. While the actual land is purchased, any additional help to open the park is greatly appreciated.

Any donation will make a huge difference. Your gift will be used to:

  • Ensure free public access to a network of trails and observation platforms open to families, hikers, bicyclists, and birdwatchers

  • Provide your community with environmental education classes

  • Manage this forest to protect wildlife habitat

  • Ensure handicap accessible trails meeting ADA standards

Thank you for your commitment and generosity to conservation in our region.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Alachua Conservation Trust at (352) 373-1078, or email us at 


Serenola Forest is also home to threatened plant and wildlife species and connects the woodland hammock to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Thus offering larger wildlife much needed room to roam and protection. Saving Serenola Forest means a connected landscape that not only benefits natural space, but also people who love to hike, bike, view wildlife, and gather together with the people they care about.

Serenola Forest neighbors Oak Hammock at the University of Florida and Idylwild Elementary School.

Please respect the neighborhood and private properties by always staying on trail and packing out whatever you bring with you (trash etc.)


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• Public trails for hiking and bicycling (approx. 1 mile)
• Dogs are welcome, but please always pack out any dog waste
• Trails are unpaved, and in some places can be muddy, uneven, or wet
• Parking is available at Idlywild Elementary School on weekends. There are two street parking spots available by the main trail head during the weekday, but trail access is primarily by foot or bike.
• Preserve closes at dark