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Paynes Prairie

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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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Fun, relaxing, hike with great views

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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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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32 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Gainesville, Florida
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77 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

One of the best nature hot spots in Gainesville. The Lachua Trail is easy to find a and 1.1 mile walk where you will pass many gators and cranes on your way to the tower. There you can attempt to spot the wild horses and buffalo. Great for familes and friends.

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Muskoka District, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Spent a few hours here with friends. Excellent opportunity to see wildlife (lots of birds as well as plenty of gators). La Chua hiking trail is very easy to navigate and the raised boardwalk gives a great view of the swamp and marsh. WELL WORTH A VISIT.

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Minneapolis, MN
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

First off I need to tell you - this is not a zoo or a controlled area - this is a wild prairie. With that said, it is truly a spectacular place. We walked along the La Chua Trail and saw an incredible number of birds, herons, egrets, and most of all Alligators! The gators were sunning them selves along... More 

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Gainesville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We walked the La Chua Trail, 3 miles of North Florida nature at its finest. We saw alligators sunning themselves, wildflowers, horses, bison, waterbirds, egrets, herons and more. It was a perfect way to spend a winter's day in the Sunshine State.

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Orlando, Florida
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Go to the North entrance and park ($4/carload). This is a very special place. The wooden walkway through the prairie lets you see the wildlife without disturbing them and the educational placards along the way explain the ecology/biology of the area. The 1 mile nature trail let's you get up close & personal with all sorts of wildlife. Most people... More 

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Seymour
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This place is awesome if you want to see wild horses, bison, alligators, snakes, and lot of birds. I've traveled a lot of places in florida, and this is the best place to get wildlife photos I have found. The trail gets you down and close to the gators. Always watch where you step: I have found snakes hiding in... More 

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Orange Park, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Went to Paynes Prairie with my friend and his Dad, saw a few alligators and birds. Tried to walk out to the observation tower, but trail was flooded. Didn't see any horses or bison. I was a little scared about the alligators, because the flooded areas were right along the trail, but none came close. They said you see more... More 

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