Serenola Forest Preserve to have grand opening Saturday

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - If you're looking to get outside and experience nature this weekend there's a new option in Gainesville to explore.

Serenola Forest Preserve will have its grand opening and ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Visitors will take guided hikes and plant walks through the mile-long trail that cuts through the 111-acre forest.

"It's a really important property to the neighbors around here, in addition to the protection it provides to our water resources and wildlife habitat. Especially when Paynes Prairie has really high water right now. Having uplands nearby is really important for a lot of species that move back and forth. We're just really excited to protect this place and have a space that people can come out and enjoy and recreate," said Tom Kay, the Executive Director of the Alachua Conservation Trust.

The trailhead to the preserve can be found on Southwest 20th Terrace, across the street from Idylwild Elementary School.