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  • Lake Alto Preserve
    • Bicycling Trails Bicycling Trails
    • Horseback Riding Trails Horseback Riding Trails
    • Nature/Hiking Trail Hiking /Nature Trail
    • Nature Study Nature/ Wildlife

    662-acre preserve on Lake Alto with 4.6 miles of unpaved trails through pine flatwoods and lake shore hardwood forest.  With nearly 1 mile of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Alto, this preserve includes distinct natural communities, and an outstanding view of Lake Alto from the dock, which is accessible from both trails.  Both north and south trailheads provide access to all trails. Funding for acquisition of Lake Alto Preserve was provided by the voter-approved Alachua County Forever Bond. The Suwannee River Water Manage-
    ment  District co-owns 120 acres of Lake Alto Preserve with Alachua County. 

    Preserve Hours:

    • 8:00AM - 6:OOPM November-April
    • 8:00AM-8:00PM May-October

    Preserve Rules:

    • Enter the preserve through designated trail heads only
    • Visitors who remain after hours are trespassing
    • Pack out what you pack in.
    • Trails are for cyclists, equestrians, and hikers only
    • Trails are multi use. Cyclists myst yield to hikers and equestrians
    • Preserve visitors may not establish new trails
    • Help prevent erosion by staying on the trails.
    • Collecting or disturbing plants, artifacts, or fossils is prohibited.
    • Leashed dogs are allowed on trails provided owners pick up after them.
    • No taking, harassing, or killing of wildlife without written permission from Alachua County.

    Advice For The Trails:

    • Natural areas and wildlife may be hazardous
    • Established trails are marked with trail signs; other roads are unmarked.
    • Stay alert, stay on the marked trails, and stay safe.
    • During wet weather, trails may be flooded.
    • Be preapred for uneven terrain; some trails are harrowed (disked) for firebreaks.
    • For your comfort and safety, wear sunscreen and a hat, use insect repellent and carry water.

    Lake Alto North Trail Guide - All  trails are  flat, crossing pinelands and swamp habitat. Trails may flood during wet weather.  Trails may be rough, uneven and wet,  with areas of soft sand or mud.

    •  Treefrog Trail - 0.8 mile Crosses the Lake View Loop.
    •  Lake View Loop - 1.7 miles Loop trail between the Lake Alto dock and County Road 1471.
    •  Black Bear Loop -  0.9 mile Begins and ends on Lake View Loop.

    Lake Alto South Trail Guide - Most of the trails are generally flat, crossing pinelands and hammock habitats. A short but steep hill is located at each end of the canal bank footpath. Trails may flood during wet weather. Trail surfaces may be rough, uneven and wet, with areas of roots, soft sand or mud.

    • Canal Loop - 1.2 miles. A portion of the trail follows the historic Waldo Canal. Hikers may walk on a narrow foot-path along the top of the canal bank. A parallel trail at the toe of the bank is available for cyclists and equestrians

    No watercraft launch, picnic or restroom facilities at the Preserve.  Dock accessible to watercraft on Lake Alto and to hikers from the Preserve.  Watercraft launch facilities available at Lake Alto Park (17800 NE 134th Place Waldo FL).

    Alligators may be present.

    No potable water available.

    Trail maps are available at the Preserve or you can request a brochure by emailing the link on our contact page. Brochures are available in alternate format by request.

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  • Contact

    • Lake Alto Preserve
    • North Trail 14500 NE County Road 1471 Waldo FL--South Trail 18795 NE 132nd Avenue
    • Waldo, FL 32694
    • 352-264-6868
    • Map

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