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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, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I visited the main visitors center and walked very nice trails and found one gator sunning its self. THEN I went to the access in south Gainesville, walked across the wooden paths onto grass paths and came to a large pond with many, many gators. And big ones just off the path. Beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Beautiful Lake, peaceful hiking paths, lots of Sand Hill Cranes. Eagles nests, alligators, too! Great place to camp

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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

What a beautiful forest to encounter in Florida. There were SO many deer that we encountered on our visit. The hikes are not strenuous at all. We have read about wild horses and bison and that's the reason we came. We were not fortunate enough to find them... but we saw plenty of evidence that they were there (like droppings... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I live in Gainesville and every year purchase an annual State Park Pass, needless to say Paynes Prairie, given it's close proximity is the state park that I visit most. That said, in the 5 years that I have been coming to this park I have witnessed it's steady decline. Sad to say. Rude treatment by volunteers who think that... More 

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Inverness, Illinois
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20 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We do a lot of hiking and was looking forward to Paynes Prairie, but for us it was a bust. Not much to see. Most of the walk you were dodging horse and cow dung or watching for snakes in the high grass. Saw one egret and a gator. Would not go back.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Lots of wildlife and cool trails, but go hike La Chua Trail in the wintertime when more of the wildlife is out. We saw wild turkeys, wild horses, boar, huge alligators and lots of birds. We've been in both September and early springtime. This past visit in September was unbearably hot, and not too much of the wildlife was out.

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Lake City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We walked the north trail. It was 11 am and very warm. So we should have brought more water. I don't know if it's the time of year but the lake is pretty much taken over by water plants. We did see 3 Gators submerged and quite a few birds and colorful butterflies. Just the wrong time to see wildlife... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Paynes Prairie is the place you will want to stop at. Don't forget to bring your camera. The wild life is amazing. You will see white tail deer by the dozen rabbits, raccoons, armadillo, gray herring and lots of beautiful birds. If you like to camp, this is a lovely place even if you use a tent or a 40... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a state park filled with wildlife and hiking trails. Get a map from the rangers and decide how much hiking your group is up for before you head out. There are multiple bathrooms around the park which is great. Depending on the trail you choose you'll have the chance to see wild horses, alligators, turkey, bison, herons, and... More 

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tangerine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

this end of the prairie is amazing there is a nice education center with hands on for kids and the people who work there are nice and willing to explain anything about park.. there are walks you can take down to the lake there is camping there is either a deer or a rabbit or a turtle or wild turkeys... More 

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