Explore the most popular birding 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.

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.

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!

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.

5 months ago

Beautiful but too manicured for my taste...

Great place to see buffalo and wild horses!

trail running
5 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.


Alligator ate my hot Cheetos.

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.

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

9 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.

11 months ago

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

Cones dike trail is flooded probably about a mile or so in. But prior to that you'll see pigs, hear alligators, and see a lot of birds. I didn't have my trekking poles so I didn't want to wade in too deep. Plus when I heard a gator splash close by I turned around. Didn't do all of chacala pond. Next time

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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Amazing Last time we went we saw bison and the wild horses as well as ton s of alligators. Previous times have seen deer as well

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Classic Florida Hike from uplands to wetlands.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stunning wildlife! This place is one of my absolute favorites!

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!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

more of an old road rather than a hiking trail. it was pleasant enough. keep a sharp eye out for snakes - saw 3 throughout the loop in March. they looked like brown water snakes rather than cottonmouths but I'm sure those are abundant as well , especially when it's warm.

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.

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