La Chua Trail

EASY 65 reviews

La Chua Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Micanopy, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.4 miles
0 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


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.

3 months ago

Floods pretty often and you won’t be able to walk out to the lookout. Still worth visiting and making the attempt

3 months ago

very cute and very easy to hike! however the majority of it was flooded after heavy rains the few days before we went so we didn’t get to see all of it, only reason i did 4 stars and not 5, but i saw a gator so that’s cool! definitely want to go again when i can walk the whole thing!

7 months 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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Great trail to see a lot of wildlife

9 months ago

A great place to see some alligators.

11 months ago

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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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

Friday, May 12, 2017

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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

Thursday, March 09, 2017

saw horses, bison, gators and birds! amazing!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

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 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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Not a hike, but a nice nature trail where you are at least guaranteed to see wild alligators without any barriers. Lots of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and occasionally wild horses and boar.

It can get pretty hot and uncomfortable with the saturated humidity, so try to go in the morning.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Easy walk, good for a stroller. Saw lots of wildlife but the gators were the neatest since you are so close.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Awesome trail! Monster gators within 8' of you, wild horses, bison, and hogs. Hot with no tree cover, overlook at the end of the trail

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Nice nature hike. It has a finished raised boardwalk. We saw alligators, birds, horses and wild hogs. Fairly easy walk.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Really a nature walk. The raised boardwalk by the water was closed for construction. 4 stars if that feature was open. The bypass doesn't offer much in comparison. We didn't see any bison/ horses but that's probably a time of day issue. The potential for an amazing experience is there so we'll visit whenever we're in town.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Alligators, wild horses, flowers... beautiful small easy trail... you can bike all the way to the entrance and hike the rest of the way. Sometimes you can get stuck because a huge gator is sleeping in front of you.

Friday, January 04, 2013

Awesome experience & I highly recommend it. A fairly flat hike as you might expect from the location. Pretty diverse wildlife throughout the trail walk-gators, turtles, wild horses, & numerous species of birds.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Very easy trail, great for children, beginners and elders. Trail is part paved, part boardwalk and mostly dirt road, not for those looking for wilderness trails. Great birding.
Great for wildlife, Bison, Wild Horses, Alligators and many small animals. Much to see. little shade, bring sun screen. Three miles out and back with many stops.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I wouldn't call this a hike. More like a walk. First section is paved or boardwalk. Was pretty busy while we were here. But great for families. Good chance to view gators and some wild prarie animals.

10 days ago

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