Great for birding, wild horses, bison, and plenty of gators. Great photography opportunities.

hiking
18 days ago

Great trail to see a lot of wildlife

walking
1 month ago

A great place to see some alligators.

This is a must do Florida trail. We saw atleast 50 gators, bison, and wild horses. A very unique trail for Florida! It got 5/5 for experience but it is a very short trail.

on La Chua Trail

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

7 months ago

Pleasant, easy trail with a nice viewing deck at the end. Awesome for trail running!

hiking
7 months ago

Solid trail. Good amount of wildlife to admire. Nice view from the observation platform at the end. Watch out for snakes!

7 months ago

on La Chua Trail

7 months ago

We walked these trails early in the morning. It was very peaceful and beautiful and not crowded. There is an element of danger as most of the trail wanders between a palmetto forest, but that adds to the experience. There are also a couple of boardwalks through cypress tree groves.

hiking
8 months ago

If you live in Gainesville, this trail is a must!
We take all of our visitors on this little walk so they can get a real living Florida swamp experience. For older adults or people that can't walk very far the first part of the hike is a well constructed boardwalk that goes out to the sink. For younger visitors, I would suggest walking all the way out to the tower. Just keep your eyes peeled. Alligators, turtles, and a huge variety of birds call Paynes Prairie home and if you're lucky you can spot the herd of bison or the herd of wild horses.

Lots of alligators, for some people the biggest they've ever seen. If you're lucky, you may find a wild horse. Not a dangerous trail at all, though. Scenery is flat wetlands, fair amount of different kinds of birds too.

8 months ago

Well maintained, saw bountiful wildlife...birds, bison, wild horses, gators, owl

saw horses, bison, gators and birds! amazing!

on La Chua Trail

9 months ago

great for a family hike. wear sunblock!

birding
9 months ago

Incredible place. hundreds of sandhill cranes, bison and wild horses.