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Address: Gainesville, FL
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Fascinating day trip

Payne's Prairie has a happy mixture of hiking trails. If you like, you can attempt one of the longer trail walks (not so good with kids), or you can opt for a walk of shorter... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Frankford
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Payne's Prairie has a happy mixture of hiking trails. If you like, you can attempt one of the longer trail walks (not so good with kids), or you can opt for a walk of shorter duration. You can still see alligators, birds and wild horses on the latter. There is something truly magical about seeing these creatures in their native... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We went there on a recommendation and we not disappointed. We were told to hike the La Chua Trail. The entrance to the La Chua trail is on the north end on the park, and not easy to find. We drove to the main entrance, and were given directions to find La Chua. We drove through the main entrance, and... More 

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Miami, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

It is bizarre after being in Gainesville surrounded by oaks with Spanih moss to come out onto this completely different landscape. One can walk out over a raised wooden walkway and see for miles around. A type of Everglades but all flat, one can envision alligators, snakes , frogs, and more, all living down there.

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High Springs, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

There are several ways to access this park. You can see the magnificent prairie (as far as the eye can see) if you're in a wheelchair or experienced hiker. At one point, alligators bask in the sun some five feet off the trail. Amazing park. Will return again and again.

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Hawthorne
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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167 reviews 167 reviews
44 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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18 reviews 18 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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12 reviews 12 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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