La Chua Trail

La Chua Trail, Gainesville: Address, Phone Number, La Chua Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

La Chua Trail
4.5
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chris i
Keystone Heights, FL13 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
April 18 2021
Took people from out of town to hopefully see lots of alligators on the trail and we weren’t disappointed. The trail has been opened up after an extended closure and you are able to walk quite a ways next to lots of alligators sleeping on the banks. Quite a few huge to baby alligators were visible near the water. We enjoyed our visit to La Chief Trail.
Written April 18, 2021
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Bob19512014
Gulfport, FL10,667 contributions
Jan 2020
The trees at this park are utterly amazing. We saw 20+ birds of prey and one huge gator. Our walk covered a short distance but was very interesting. If you come for nothing else, you will be entertained at the sight of the trees.
Written January 7, 2020
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Marc A
Rottnest Island, Australia19 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
**FYI - The trail is partially closed as of Nov 2019 - access is restricted to the boardwalk only, no trail to the observation tower**

It's an amazingly stunning trail that is often overlooked, even by locals. Usually you can expect to see and get up close and personal with wild gators, birds, horses, bison, snakes, boar. I still recommend going even with the partial closure, but I wanted to write this review to warn others of what to expect with the closure- I was disappointed to arrive and be restricted to the boardwalk, which restricts the wildlife viewing to pretty much only birds. Still, it is a breathtakingly peaceful little walk.
Written November 6, 2019
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carol s
7 contributions
Oct 2020
We have been to la Chua Trail many times. We were very disappointed this time. Instead of the hundred or so alligators we normally have seen, we saw NONE. We did hear one. We go for both the birds and the gators. We did see some limpkins,a beautiful great blue heron and hawk.Ther used to be a clear water lake and river which are both now overgrown with plants. The back end of the trail is no longer open. That is where the open water, Buffalo etc are located. We will not be returning. Heard sweet water wetlands park nearby is better.
I understand nature does what it wants but the trail is no longer what it used to be. I checked reviews and could not tell that the gators are no longer visible.
Written October 24, 2020
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Kam2013
Jensen Beach, FL117 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
This place is breath taking went there today hoping to hike several miles only to find that most of the trail is closed due to high water. Was expecting to do about three miles or so and was only able to do about a half mile round trip.

However, what is open is stunning with a tremendous variety of wildlife, during the short hike we did we observed hogs, countless birds of a variety of species, gators and abundance of foliage.
Written November 1, 2018
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cc_travelrev
Tampa, FL53 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This used to be an amazing trail with gators everywhere where you could walk out to a lookout. Now it’s just the boardwalk portion which I guess is okay (if you don’t know what was before) but it’s nowhere comparable to what it was with the actual trail. You can see birds and an occasional gator from the boardwalk but it’s not the same at all.
Ridiculous to still charge entrance fee, especially without warning people of the changes. The trail beginning where it’s closed off is extremely overgrown, seems like it’s been this way for a while.
They say it’s closed for flooding, but that used to be the nice thing about this trail was the at your own risk factor, where it wasn’t signs and restrictions but seems that’s changing/changed.
Written June 12, 2019
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Vicky T
19 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
I've been visiting and walking the La Chua trail for over 15 years now and it's always a beautiful surprise, the flora and fauna is constantly changing over the wet and dry seasons and no matter what, a gator is never too far behind. You've got all the freedom and illusion of walking through a living, woken prairie, and all of the safety of a well forged path and thoughtful signs and observation deck. A beautiful experience, always.
Written August 16, 2018
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Bentleystudent
Saint Cloud, FL78 contributions
Dec 2019
The boardwalk is still open. Lots of snail kites in the air and the surrounding trees. Nice fall colors in December. We wanted to walk the trail, and packed enough water to do so. No warning signs that the trail is closed. We even passed a park ranger, but no one informed us that we could not walk the trail. Still a nice place to visit, but be advised that you can only walk the boardwalk, not the 3 mile long trail.
Written December 9, 2019
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Don N
Raleigh, NC2,017 contributions
May 2019 • Family
This trail was once the premier trail for seeing alligators. However that is not true anymore since the hurricane flooded the trail a couple of years ago. It is closed at the end of the boardwalk. The regular trail went on about another three quarters of a mile where you saw most of the alligators.

We did see wild horses however which made it worthwhile. But we only saw one or two Gators and some birds. But it pales compared to what it used to be.

Keep in touch when the rest of the trail opens but I suspect it maybe a long time. Water probably is receding some since the Gainesville area has gone 25 days with no rainfall.

Basically most of Paynes Prairie is now a big lake. You can tell that from US 441.

Still worth a visit but not what it used to be. Bring bug spray with you.
Written May 30, 2019
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irinkaflorida
32 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
One of the most beautiful places in Gainesville to watch sunset and enjoy nature. So many kinds of animals to spot there, including gators, deer, armadillos, all kinds of birds, and even bison.
Written November 25, 2018
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