MacKay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve Nature Trails (yellow trail)

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MacKay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve Nature Trails (yellow trail) is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake Alfred, FL that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

0.8 miles 10 feet Loop

kid friendly




wild flowers


old growth


Review of the entire property is at at: As can be seen from the trail map, there are several looping and intersecting trails, so you can plan a trip from0.4 to 3 miles, depending on where you decide to go. Open from Dawn to Dusk. On the shore of Lake Rochelle in the City of Lake Alfred is a pristine expanse of natural Florida called the Mackay Garden and Lakeside Preserve. With almost a mile of lakefront shoreline, this 112 acre property is home to many species of endangered plants and animals. It has been preserved through a grant from the Florida Communities Trust and has been developed with nature trails, a passive recreational park, a natural canoe launch, and a fitness trail. At its heart is a beautiful mansion built in 1916 by Alexander Mackay. Trails are easy-walking, basically flat, paths through native Florida flora, with fauna to go with it.

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