Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

 

Lake Alto Preserve North Tract

Alachua County
Waldo, Florida

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You'll find great hiking with swamp and lake views here in Waldo.

 

Two preserve entrances (one a County Road 1471 and the other at Lake Alto Park) multiple trails (Treefrog Trail, Lake View Loop and Black Bear Loop) had me confused at first without a map.

 

Keep things simple and park at Lake Alto Park (Google maps to both entrances at the bottom of the page) where there is ample paved parking and you can go down to the boat ramp for a nice view before and after your hike.

 

Woods lie to the north and south of the parking lot. To the south, you will find a LEAFS (Longleaf and Ecology Forestry Society) Trail. To the north is your destination, Lake Alto Preserve clearly marked by a sign.

 

The first trail is Treefrog Trail with a very nice boardwalk leading over a swamp. I turned left onto Lake View Loop which leads to a small fishing pier at Lake Alto. Following the loop you can make your hike longer by taking Black Bear Loop, which returns you to Lake View, and then back to Treefrog Trail.

 

This series of loops leads you about four miles and I have it mapped below.

 

You will find great wildlife and scenery scenery along the way - I spotted deer and turkeys - with trails clearly marked. The dock is very peaceful and beautiful, with a great view of the lake and lots of texture along the shoreline. I'm going to go ahead and say you can fish here also ... I didn't see any signs or authorities to state otherwise, so there you go.

 

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map - PDF map of trail hike

 

Interactive map of trail at AllTrails - Web and Mobile App

 

Find below pictures and a Google Map.

 

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Get your hike on! Entrance to Lake Alto Preserve at Lake Alto Park in Waldo, Florida

 

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

 

A choice along the path

 

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

 

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

 

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

 

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

 

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

 

Organic textures

 

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

 

 

 

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Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images

Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve
Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Bryan Lindenberger
Pier over Lake Alto at Lake Alto Preserve

Lake Alto Preserve Trail Map

Lake Alto Preserve in Waldo, Florida

Entrance to Lake Alto North Preserve at 14500 NE County Road 1471, Waldo, Florida

A choice along the path

Lake View Loop at Lake Alto North Preserve, Waldo, Florida

Excellent birding opportunities as we near Lake Alto

Lake Alto shoreline as near Waldo, Florida

The shoreline looks like a movie set at Lake Alto

Lake Alto, Florida shoreline

Organic textures

View of Lake Alto from the preserve pier

Live Florida Beauty - Outdoor Sites and Images