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Paynes Prairie State Preserve

100 Savannah Blvd., Rt. 2, Box 41, Micanopy, FL 32667
Paynes Prairie State Preserve
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Did several trials in Paynes Prairie. In the south, close to visitor centre-beautiful Forrest and lakes. In the north, la chua trail, saw many alligators, birds and wild horses. Alligators are right next to the path in spring. Truly impressive!!

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Palm Beach Gardens
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Most of the campsites are pretty wide with lots of privacy and all are very shaded with trees. Tent campsites have their own section if you wanted it so not next to rvs having to listen to their a/c units etc., although they also allow tents, from what I could tell, at the other sites. Lots of great shaded trails.... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

On our travel from pensocola beach back to fort myers we decided to stop a night in Gainesville and to visit the park. Great choice, park is great, full of wildlife and nature. We were alone the afternoon in the park on a friday. We saw big spiders, racoons, squirrels and deers. We were at the observation tower, but we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Although I did not have a chance to spot Bison or wild horses, and it rained the entire weekend, my stay here was wonderful. There is a lot of walking around and exploring to do. The campsites were great and the bathrooms were clean. I must return to this location so that I can explore much more.

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Cleveland, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I'm not a camper. I just travel a lot. It's a state park, so it has other things that state parks offer, and then some: birds and wildlife galore. They even have bison and wild horses. I stop here from time-to-time when driving either or north or south on I-75. Being just south of Gainesville, FL, it's the perfect place... More 

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Brooksville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Great bike riding, great trails, and overall good place to camp or visit. Campsite 28 is the best campsite thats closest to the road and showers. Plenty of space and room to set up camp. The vistor center is a good place to visit and the rangers had a snake slide show presentation that our kids liked.

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Burleson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This park has wild horses, buffalo and the biggest alligators i have ever seen.There are also wild boars. There are many nice hiking trails. The Paynes Town Seminole project is with in the park.The town of Micanopy, which is a quaint old town near by. The camp sites were nice and the deer walked right through our camp site.

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Our first stay here was fall. It is one of the best Florida state parks we have stayed at. The restrooms are spotless. Rangers through several times a day. The campsites are spacious yet private. I highly recommend this state park.

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Ocala,FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

and the wild horses. We have stayed in the campgrounds at least 3 times now. On two ocassions we took our bikes out on the trails in the Prairie. We went a mile or so and stopped as a herd of bisons were coming in front of us and passing over the trail. They were quite a ways away so... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

I also wanted to see the bison but just googled Paynes Prairie SP news and read that the state decided to eliminate all animals (bison, cattle, horses) except 8 female bison. Relocated means giving them to people who applied and I guess that means bison burger. Bummer. Where else can I see bison in a natural location in Florida?

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