Explore the most popular trails near Micanopy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
20 days ago

cool place to watch the sunset. Amazing scenery. you aslo can find wildlife such as birds and wild horses and gators, etc...

very broad trail, lots of sun, lots of noise from the interstate. the preserve itself is a gem and a great addition to the preserved areas south of Gainesville. I went in the late morning and there was not much to see (except for a couple of alligator nests, which was cool). I will be back in the early AM.

Trail was very good. The yellow trail was well maintained in many parts. But the white trail was under water in most parts. Highly recommend not doing the trail after a large amounts of rain. Otherwise is it good trail, very beautiful.

Nice trail, be careful, parts have trees blocking trail

Nearing the trail split heading towards Chacala Pond, the trails are flooded in both directions. Probably to be expected this time of year. I'll have to add this trail onto my winter hike list to revisit.

Nothing special during my hike. Not really much to see.

One of the best trails in Gainesville. Lots of different scenery.

Love this place! Awesome old growth forest with varying terrain/views. Does get flooded sometimes just bring boots. Would also definitely recommend the primitive camping available here.

Gets busy, floods. Worth going back to for quick day hikes

walking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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!

Easy hike with a lot of birds and other wildlife. North side is out in the open for about 3 miles so be prepared. I did run off one alligator from the trail.

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful but too manicured for my taste...

Love running this trail. Always lots of wildlife! Can get flooded after heavy rain though.

Great place to see buffalo and wild horses!

trail running
6 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails around Gainesville. There's always a lot of birds and alligators and often wild horses to look at. The major draw is the boardwalk which has a bunch of informational kiosks about the park (it's an engineered water filtration system for the Florida aquifer). It's open sun up to sun down and the views are unbeatable. The only issue is that there's no shade on the trails so be sure to bring sunscreen and water.

I ran all the loops and walked the boardwalk for a cooldown for this. You can hike the whole thing in a few hours but the main draw is the boardwalk which you can do in under an hour with stopping to take photos and read the kiosks.

http://www.sweetwaterwetlands.org

Alligator ate my hot Cheetos.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is very busy on weekends. One walks about 1.9 miles to and from the berm, which was flooded today.

The part of the trail that goes out into the prairie (most of the trail) is under water. Makes this a nice short walk, less than 1 mi.

walking
8 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.

walking
8 months ago

The trail passes through pretty changes at the edge of the hammock and is a great place to see a big variety of typical North Florida — turtles, deer, palms, pines, squirrels, sand, ants, mosquitoes, mosses, oaks, flowering plants, and vines. Then comes the tower and the view onto Paynes Prairie, which is a totally separate experience, including glimpses of horses. If you have the stamina (not hard at all for adults, but I do remember the heaviness of my two-year-old!), and if the passage is dry enough to let you through, add the walk along the berm onto the prairie to see a unique vista. Bring snacks, water, and bug spray.

9 months ago

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

Awesome hike and an over cast day which made it comfortable. We will do this one again. Great trails for the 4 legged babies too.

Great trail to see a lot of wildlife

It's a short but sweet hike. I recommend the left fork on the way in to stay on the Prairie rim.

walking
10 months ago

A great place to see some alligators.

It's pretty secluded. I was the only one out there on the trail. It was kind of like an old road. It's a loop around a marsh with thick woods to the south and more open on the north side. I didn't have too many run-ins with snakes but then again caretakers were out there mowing the grass. It was beautiful tons of butterflies and birds.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

I really wanted to get to the bluff tower before Irma possibly causes flooding. Boy was it still wet. Not sure i really like to wade through water. Saw deer, turtle, horses, alligator, herons, mocking birds and more. Slogging through calf deep water though.. thank goodness for trekking poles. It seemed like the water was deeper on the way back. I don't know hydrology or if that was my imagination. The tower was worth the water wading.

hiking
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Darn. Rain cut it short. Did see deer and pigs. Love it

hiking
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Yes you will see the ponies pretty neat. Yes you'll see a lot of birds. And if you go down the trail part Marked basin you will see Deepwater. I didn't bring my trecking poles. Almost made it to the end, but chickened out. I'll be back

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