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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
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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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Inverness, Illinois
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137 reviews 137 reviews
20 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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RV traveler
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Homosassa Springs, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you've come looking for someone to entertain you and your kids, you've come to the wrong place. This campground is Old Florida. You know, like camping in the woods is supposed to be without waterparks and stuffed bears leading parades? For $18 a night (2014) you get water and electric and peace and quiet. We stayed for 3 days... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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248 reviews 248 reviews
111 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 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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