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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
352-466-3397
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Micanopy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Description: Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is a very large park with a ton of hiking trails. We visited with 2 kids and weren't prepared for a long hike, but we ended up hiking a smaller trail where we saw armadillo, wild turkey and a variety of butterflies. The observation tower was closed for repair, which was very disappointing. I do wish they had a... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My visit was on 5-20-14. As a recreational bicyclist, I love being outdoors riding on paved trails and state parks. Here I was able to ride for miles on beautiful canopy lined roads with lush thick pine and oak trees and scrub on both sides of me. I arrived later in the day so the visitors center was closed. A... More

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Freeport, Pennsylvania
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163 reviews 163 reviews
62 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I visited on a rainy Thursday afternoon in May 2014. The only person I saw during my entire visit was the ranger who happily took my $4 and gave me a simple map showing the trails and roads. I was disappointed that both the visitor center and tower were closed. The former closing at 4PM each day and the tower... More

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Amherst, Ohio
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110 reviews 110 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I don't get why you'd want to see this. It's a big brusshy swampy place great place to get bit by a mosquito.

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Orange City, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Always bring your bug repellent, and always make certain your pet has a flea and tick collar. This review is for February 2014. Not much need for the bug repellent, as we had a constant rain for the 3 days we were at the park, but we had a great time regardless. We camp in a 27 foot travel trailer,... More

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Bowmanville
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Great place to see bison wild horses gators deer etc and of course snakes. If you want to see native Florida good place to go. Been there many times

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Hiked cones dike trail with a nature loving friend and was lucky enough to see five different snake species, the bison, horses, turkey, armadillo, gators, and a rabbit. Cones dike is one of my favorite trails in this state park, the prairie is spectacular.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We went on LaChua Trail during the dry season. Lots of alligators to see. They are very close, so be careful. The trail is about 3 miles round trip. Our kids really enjoyed the walking. Along the trail, there are tons of beautiful ponds and birds are everywhere. This is by far the best hiking I have been through in... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I wish we could have spent much more time. The wildlife one can spot is amazing, including alligators, bald eagles and a herd of bison which roams the prairie!

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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We live in Ocala and made the drive up to Paynes Prairie to see what we could see. The name of the trail eludes me. We walked thru the forest to essentially a land bridge through the "lake" (read "swamp"). Once we got there we saw hogs, sandhill cranes & tons of other birds, and near the observation deck a... More

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