Hike the La Chua Trail

Florida La Chua Trail Head

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Located on Paynes Prairie State Park, the La Chua Trail leads visitors by the Alachua Sink where the prairie’s marshland waters descend into the Florida aquifer. The trail takes visitors approximately 1.5 miles into the prairie to an observation tower.

Located in Gainesville, FL this easy to moderate trail is approximately 3.1 miles round trip. Approximately a quarter of the trail is an elevated boardwalk that is handicapped accessible. Along the hike, you'll often see alligators, wild turkeys, wild horses, bison, and various migratory birds.

There is limited shade on the trail. Summer time visitors should be prepared with plenty drinking water, sunscreen, and appropriate apparel. This hike is not dog friendly.

Pack List

  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
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How to Get There

Gators Galore

This is a great place to visit for locals or visitors. There are alligators up and down the banks of the creek as you walk along. We have been as close as 2 feet from some of them. There are also wild horses and buffalo near the lookout at the very end.

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Good Location

Nice spot if your a photographer, video maker, or just want to walk around.

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Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

3.1 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Scenic
Wildlife

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