La Chua Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews

La Chua Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Micanopy, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

LaChua Trail is 3 miles round-trip from the North Rim of the Prairie to an observation tower. This trail provides scenic views of wet-prairie and marsh habitat including Alachua Sink and Alachua Lake.

16 days ago

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

hiking
16 days ago

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

29 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

2 months ago

saw horses, bison, gators and birds! amazing!

2 months ago

great for a family hike. wear sunblock!

birding
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

excellent

4 months ago

walking
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hiking
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walking
5 months ago

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.