City Website:
Population: 1,525

City Hall Address: 6700 SE 221st St., Hawthorne, FL 32640

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

Just 15 miles east of Gainesville and just home to over 1,500 people, in what can only be described as an Old Florida community, Hawthorne is a timeworn railroad town. The town evolved from a settlement established around 1840, and the city was incorporated in 1881. This quaint town was once home to Bo Diddley, one of the early pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll, after whom the Bo DiddleyPlaza in Gainesville is named.

Surrounded by lakes and woodlands, Hawthorne holds plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. It is home to the Gainesville-Hawthorne trail’s eastern trailhead and the Lochloosa trail. The Gainesville-Hawthorne eastern trailhead ends two blocks before the Hawthorne Historical Museum, and the Cultural Center on Main Street displays sentimental pieces of Hawthorne’s history. The city is home to two major schools, Shell Elementary and Hawthorne High School. It is also home to multiple clubs and organizations, including The Lion’s Club and The Woman’s Club. Hawthorne is located on the eastern edge of Alachua County, and U.S. 301 and Hawthorne Road (State Route 26) intersects the city.


The Yearling Restaurant

Location: 14531 E CR 325 Hawthorne, Fl. 32640-8318

Phone: (352) 466-3999

Cuisine: American and Southern Restaurant

Dianne’s Old Time Barbecue

Location: 6707 SE Hwy 301 Hawthorne, Fl. 32640

Phone: (352) 481-3305

Cuisine: Casual Family Barbecue

PJ’s Café & Catering

Location: 6005 SE Hwy 301 Hawthorne, Fl. 32640

Phone: (352) 481-4801

Cuisine: Breakfast & Lunch served daily

Judy’s Pizza

Location: 6005 SE Hawthorne, Fl. 32640

Phone: (352) 481-2232

Cuisine: Italian & Pizza

Burger Barn

Location: 6505 SE US Hwy 301 Hawthorne, Fl. 32640

Phone: (352) 481-4655

Cuisine: Serving Lunch & Dinner

Southern Butts BBQ

Location: 6850 SE US Hwy 301, Hawthorne, FL 32640

Phone: (386) 684-1414

Cuisine: Barbecue Cuisine and Food Truck


Island Grove Wine Company Tasting House

Location: 21848 S CR 325, Island Grove, FL

Phone: (352) 481-1012

Hours: M-F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Location: 18700 S CR 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640

Phone: (352) 466-3672

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.”

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Gainesville – Hawthorne Trail

Location: 3300 SE 15th St. Gainesville, FL 32641

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
(the final Saturday in October)

Locations: 6000 SE 205th St. Hawthorne, FL 32640

Phone: (352) 363-5125

Cowboy Eddie’s Arena

Description: Family-owned and operated rodeo, bull riding and team sorting venue.

Location: 22107 E County Road 1474 Hawthorne, FL 32640

Phone: (321) 288-1790

Lochloosa Lake,
five miles south of Hawthorne

Description: 6,000 acres in area – surrounded by Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area. Public boat ramp, popular fishing site – bluegill, redear sunfish and warmouth.

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.


Beer Bellies Bar
Featuring A Perfect Pie Pizza

Location: 20003 SE Hawthorne Road Hawthorne, FL 32640

Phone: (352) 358-8008

Cuisine: Pizza, wings, burgers, salads – pool and much more!

Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Shopping Centers

Island Grove Wine Company

Location: 21848 S CR 325 Hawthorne, FL 32640

Phone: (352) 481-1012

Hours: M-F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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 & Recreation.

Rodents on the Road

Location: 300 E Cowpen Lake Road Hawthorne, FL 32640

Phone: (352) 481-4145

Description: Breeding top quality feeder rodents. Buffalo Exchange

Trading Company

Location: 6065 SE US Hwy 301 Hawthorne, FL 32640

Phone: (352) 481-0010

Description: Specializing in antiques, vintage painted furniture and collectibles.

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Hawthorne Square Shopping Center

Location: 6005 US Hwy 301 Hawthorne, FL 32640

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