Nature Reclaims La Chua Trail

In September of 2021, only the boardwalk remains of La Chua Trail.

Early morning visit to La Chua trail (Payne’s Prairie, Gainesville, FL). A few years ago, nature reclaimed the long arm of this trail with flooding that failed to recede. This year, only the boardwalk is left. The water was high on both sides, coming approximately 4 feet from the floorboards.


An American Anole stalks insects on the boardwalk’s steel mesh.

Although anoles enjoy hunting and sunning themselves on the boardwalk’s steel mesh, it keeps people from falling in and gators from stretching across the walkway. There are monsters below, hidden by an overgrowth of Water Hyacinth.


TenPaths.blog author, Carol Fullerton-Samsel

Published by cafsamsel

Carol Fullerton-Samsel is a nearly-native Floridian who lives with her husband of 25 years and three rescue animals. She is a cognitive trainer and English tutor with a passion for day-hiking and nature. Be sure to visit the TenPaths YouTube channel, which is still in its infancy.

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