I always love to visit Morning Side! Before you set out on a trail, you can say hello to Penny the cow and feel what it was like back in old Florida.
There are different trails you can set out on. You can either go for a full circle, or decide to take some short cuts.

1 month ago

If you want to see alligators up close and in the wild, this is the place. Horses, mosquitoes, birds, and fish almost always are present, as well, and lucky walkers occasionally see deer and/or families of wild boar ambling across the trail into the grassy side foliage. Along with Devil’s Millhopper, this is a must-see for visitors and new residents.

2 months ago

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

Great trail to see a lot of wildlife

3 months 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.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

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.

10 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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

saw horses, bison, gators and birds! amazing!

on La Chua Trail

11 months ago

great for a family hike. wear sunblock!

Monday, February 13, 2017

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This is a great place to view alligators, birds, bison, horses, and others wildlife. The trail is part boardwalk and part grassy path. There is a tower at the end for long range viewing. We walked the trail with kids....no problem. Gators were PLENTIFUL and close. Horses were even closer, right on the trail. The bison were a distance away when we were there but it was clear that they frequent the trail as well. This is a wonderful place! The only negative I could come up with is that the parking area can get really full and you may have to park along the entry road and walk in. Not a big deal at all.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Super easy and nice trail ending in a two story tower which is great for bird watching! $4 per car. Maintained really well. You can see horses, alligators, birds and the occasional bison!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

great place to see alligators in the wintertime and accessible for everyone

Monday, September 05, 2016

It is gorgious and quiet allows for your thoughts to wadh away and just enjoy what is in front of you.

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