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Population: 1,525

City Hall Address: 6875 SE 221st St., Hawthorne, FL 32640

Mayor: Matthew Surrency
Contact: (352) 481-2432

Nestled among the lakes and forests of eastern Alachua County, tiny Hawthorne is a fishing, hunting, hiking and bicycling mecca. Settled in 1834, the town was incorporated in 1881 and now has a population of 1,500 people, including generations of residents who would never want to live anywhere else. Notable neighbors in the past have included Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, whose book “The Yearling” put Cross Creek on the map, and rock-n-roll legend Bo Diddley.

The Hawthorne-to-Gainesville biking and hiking trail, the region’s many lakes – including bass-filled Lake Lochloosa – ample hunting areas and the 1,300-acre Little Orange Creek Nature Park will appeal to the active visitor, while those seeking a quieter experience may enjoy the Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center. Civic amenities include a handsome public library, a well-appointed health and wellness center, a Cultural Center in the former and historic City Hall, two major schools – Shell Elementary and Hawthorne Middle High School – and local restaurants, where home cooking and Southern hospitality are on the menu.


Burger Barn

Location:6505 SE US Hwy 301
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-4655
Cuisine: Serving Lunch & Dinner

Dianne’s Old Time Barbecue

Location: 6707 SE Hwy 301
Hawthorne, Fl 32640
Phone: (352) 481-3305
Cuisine: Casual Family Barbecue

Judy’s Pizza

Location: 6005 SE Hawthorne Rd.
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-2232
Cuisine: Italian & Pizza

PJ’s Café & Catering

Location: 6005 SE Hwy 301
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-4801
Cuisine: Breakfast & Lunch served daily

Southern Butts BBQ

Location: 6850 SE US Hwy 301
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (386) 684-1414
Cuisine: Barbecue Cuisine and Food Truck

The Yearling Restaurant

Location: 14531 E CR 325
Hawthorne, Fl. 32640-8318
Phone: (352) 466-3999
Cuisine: American and southern


Cowboy Eddie’s Arena

Location: 22107 E County Road 1474
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (321) 288-1790
Description: Family-owned and operated rodeo, bull riding and team sorting venue.

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Location: 3300 SE 15th St.
Gainesville, FL 32641
Hours: 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
Description: Enjoy 16 miles of paved trail from the city of Gainesville through Hawthorne – perfect for biking, walking and horseback riding.

Hawthorne Chamber of Horrors

Locations: 6000 SE 205th St.
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 363-5125
Time: Final Saturday in October from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center

Location: 7225 SE 221 St.
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Hours: Saturdays: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Description: : The Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center holds artifacts and paintings from Hawthorne’s past. Included are a series of paintings by Francis Moore, an artist known locally as “Hawthorne’s Grandpa Moses,” and a large quilt that incorporates images of 20 historic homes in Hawthorne. Magnesia Springs bottles are on display.

Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House

Location: 221848 S CR 325
Island Grove, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-1012
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

See Also

Lake Lochloosa

Location: Five miles south of Hawthorne
Description: 6,000 acres in area – surrounded by Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area. Public boat ramp, popular fishing site for bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth.

Little Orange Creek Nature Park

Location: 24115 SR 20
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (353) 481-2432, (352) 359-2603
Hours: Open dawn to dusk every day
Description: Public trails for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Dogs on leash welcome.

Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area

Description: More than 11,000 acres of pine plantations and water oak and live oak ridges that provide a natural habitat for bald eagles, osprey and wading birds. Eighteen listed species live within the area including Florida black bear, fox squirrel, eastern indigo snake, wood stork and sandhill crane. Enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and boating.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Location: 18700 S CR 325,
Cross Creek, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 466-3672
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Description: Visitors can tour 1930s farm life where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived and worked in the tiny community of Cross Creek including her cracker style home and farm where she wrote “The Yearling.”


Blue Star Nursery

Location: 8115 SE US Hwy 301
Hawthorne, FL 32640-7536
Phone: (352) 481-3300
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Description: Garden Center

Buffalo Exchange Trading Company

Location: 6065 SE US Hwy 301
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-0010
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Description: Specializing in antiques, vintage painted furniture and collectibles

Hawthorne Square Shopping Center

Location: 6005 US Hwy 301
Hawthorne, FL 32640

Island Grove Wine Company

Location: 21848 S CR 325
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-1012
Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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