It’s my final week checking out trails that are unique to Gainesville, and I’m excited to share with you The Greenhouse Hub – a new property and trail connected to Greenhouse Church. The good news: you do not have to practice a particular faith or attend this church to attend the Hub. Instead, the Hub is a completely open area of land five miles from the church itself. It is used for one-on-one time and self reflection. The Hub is completely free for anyone to use, and you can park your car at the entrance or drive through the gates to the start of the path.
My favorite part about the Hub was the different areas around each winding turn that had rest spots. I found a swinging bench where I was able to feel the cool air as I swayed back and forth. I also really appreciated how tranquil the environment was for others who were walking the area. While the plans are not completely done, a video posted on the official Greenhouse Church website states that phase one is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. According to Pastor Mike Patz, the space is open to anyone, whether they are religious or not. Here’s a peek at the plot of land below:
To watch the full video and see the plans for the Greenhouse Hub, click here.
Despite not having buildings yet, what I loved most about the Greenhouse Hub was the array of personalization that each turn had for those exploring. This area would be perfect to run through, but take note that the trails are very thin. If many visitors are at the Hub, it might be difficult to navigate. One of the best parts was reading through the check-in book at the beginning of the trail. It had quotes, sayings and comments left by all the visitors.
Pictured above is the cover of the check-in book at the beginning of the trail.
Overall, the Greenhouse Hub space is very open and inviting to all those who enter. While its neat that it is connected to a church, I really just enjoyed being with nature outside. The check-in book at the beginning of the trail was fun to read, and I had a great workout. When I finished running the trail, there were plenty of benches and seats along the path. I found one to sit on and cool off after my long day.
Here’s what you need to know:
Address: 12148 NW 39th Ave. Gainesville, FL 32608
Hours: open dusk until dawn every day
Bring: water bottle, mosquito spray, sunscreen