Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Nice trail, be careful, parts have trees blocking trail

walking
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

hiking
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.

walking
5 months ago

Beautiful but too manicured for my taste...

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.

http://www.sweetwaterwetlands.org

Alligator ate my hot Cheetos.

walking
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.

Great trail to see a lot of wildlife

walking
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.

hiking
11 months ago

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

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!

hiking
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.

hiking
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

on Levy Loop Trail

mountain biking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Not much crowd there as it's a bit secluded. It was worth every minute spent there. Trail changes gradually from thick woods (south loop) to open plains (north loop). I would be cautious of snakes in summer though. We saw plenty even in March, most were shy but one was too comfy to give way, would have stepped on it if I wasn't careful. The north-east part of trail shares territory with human establishment (can see some cows near the fence too). There is a small pond on the north loop but is inaccessible. Nearest we could come to it was maybe around 300 feet. The mid area was dry when we visited, so not many birds to view. There are no restrooms/water-taps anywhere.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

saw horses, bison, gators and birds! amazing!

on La Chua Trail

Sunday, February 26, 2017

great for a family hike. wear sunblock!

birding
Monday, February 13, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, January 19, 2017

excellent

hiking
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Beautiful hike around a marsh, tons of wildlife! The northern half of the trail is completely unshaded, so if you go when the sun is out make sure to bring a hat (or in our case, it was bleak and cold and windy so make sure to bring a good warm windbreaker). You'll find a bench about every half mile or so, which is great for taking a snack break and enjoying the view. Due to the amount of wildlife (snakes and gators and such) there are no dogs allowed. When we went there seemed to be 5 or 6 trails that branch off of the main loop, but they were all chained off so I'm not sure if during the summer they'll be accessible. Overall it's a great 3 or 4 hour hike to get away from civilization for a while.

walking
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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