La Chua Trail leads to Alachua Sink and the center of the prairie marsh and wetlands. Abundant wildlife including alligators and migratory sandhill cranes. Platform at trail’s end provides panoramic views. 3 miles round-trip.

La Chua Trail leads to Alachua Sink and the center of the prairie marsh and wetlands. Abundant wildlife including alligators and migratory sandhill cranes. Platform at trail’s end provides panoramic views. 3 miles round-trip. Directions: Take SE 15th Street past Boulware Springs Park. Before road takes a hard turn to the left look for the brown park signs on a spur road to the right - Camp Ranch Rd. November through March we have Ranger-Led Hikes on most Saturdays, many on La Chua Trail. Be sure to check our websites for upcoming hikes and events. Here are a few safety recommendations from Visit Gainesville and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission: 1) Observe and photograph alligators only from a distance. Remember, they’re an important part of Florida’s natural history as well as an integral component of aquatic ecosystems.2) Never feed alligators – it’s dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food. 3) No pets allowed on the trail, and for extra precaution it is recommended that visitors with small children, remain on the boardwalk at all times—do not continue onto the open, grassy trail.

Tours & Transfers: Bike Tours

Admission: $2 per person

Days Open: 8am to one hour before sunset

Payment Options: Cash Only

Recreation Type: Birding, Hiking, Parks, Trails, Wildfire