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Address: Gainesville, FL
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center...
Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
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Back in time

This park is right on top of I-75 so you can hear the traffic but if you hike out on the plains in the early morning it is like going back in time. The grasses grow taller than a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Hawthorne
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This park is right on top of I-75 so you can hear the traffic but if you hike out on the plains in the early morning it is like going back in time. The grasses grow taller than a person and you can walk the bison trails never knowing what you might find. Tons of large gators in the lake.

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Oneonta, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Paynes Prairie is a large park with many interesting areas. There is a large wet prairie that used to be a lake that was large enough for boat travel but now just a prairie You might see bison if you are lucky. Another part is great for bird watching and you can also see alligators and sometimes horses. Nice walking... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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164 reviews 164 reviews
43 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The local people know it's here, but they do not appreciate either the importance of Paynes Prairie to the history and nature of Florida, nor the overwhelming natural beauty to be found on this huge Preserve. Many ecosystems, hundreds of species of birds and animals, and unusual geology all are part of the importance of Paynes Prairie. And No, the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This park is one of the best State Parks that I have visted. The La Chua Trail is the best place to observe (keep your distance) wild bison, horses, boar, alligators, armadillo, and a world of bird species. It is hot in the summer (little shade), so come early if you visit during our hot months.

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Boca Raton, FL
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

There is so much to see here, one trip won't do it! Don't forget to take your bicycles. There is also ample picnic areas that are quite lovely. I intend to go back and look for the Bison next visit.

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Nottinghamshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

This is a great place for exploring wild Florida. Although we did not see the bison we were lucky enough to see gators, brown water snakes, water moccasin, armadillo's, bald eagle nesting! The highlight was the stroll on the boardwalk with the armadillo - so cute!

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

When traveling northbound on I-75 to Gainesville, slow down at the halfway point to enjoy the viewing area. You will see birds, gators and perhaps deer or Florida bison.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

Entrance to the state park preserve is $4-$6 depending on which side u enter in, plenty of parking, Lachua trail is easy to find (3 miles round trip hike) on flat well kept trail. There are lots of birds, swamp lands, beautiful Spanish Moss covered trees & gators right up on the trail. There are bison & wild horses reportedly,... More 

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gnv
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

People come from all over the world to see the birds, gators, horses and bison that call this prairie their home. No matter when you go, you are going to see something specail.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I love nature so I really enjoyed the scenic views, long trails, and over all beauty of nature at Paynes Prairie. It was quite busy on the day we went and the trails are not wide enough to accommodate mass amounts of people going up the trails and the ones coming back, so bring your courteous badge with you. (... More 

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