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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
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+1 352-466-3397
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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I went to Payne a prairie and I wasn't sure what to find after looking at some reviews and seeing gators and some trails. I arrived to the trail which was well kept and beautiful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to Payne a prairie and I wasn't sure what to find after looking at some reviews and seeing gators and some trails. I arrived to the trail which was well kept and beautiful where everything was well marked. There are three trails but I went to the one to see the prairie and that was about three miles... More 

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Thank David H
Cleveland, Ohio
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92 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

While we did not see any wildlife, other than squirrels, this is still a nice place to spend the day hiking. There are trails of many different lengths so you can find one that suits your mood, abilities and/or time frame. The trails are well marked and everyone gets a trail map when they come in which is quite helpful... More 

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Thank Dini O
Gainesville
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I started going to the Prairie Trails last year, every trip we make is a new adventure. We always see something new and exciting! It is so enjoyable and new gets old.

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Thank Raven00813
Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's better to go when it is a little cool because the alligators are pre-occupied with sunning themselves instead of looking for breakfast. There is a beautifully constructed trail with loads of natural wildlife and native plants and a little interpretive history. Enjoyed it very much.

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Thank Juliet F
Gainesville, Florida
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The La Chua trail is a jewel. It is a total of 1.5 miles (roundtrip 3). You will experience large numbers of gators alone the trail. Last Sunday (1/15/16) we also saw some of the wild horses. Other sightings included turtles, great blue and little blue herons and ibis. But the most amazing was the thousands of sand hill cranes... More 

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Thank 649mahoy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I love walking through the oak hammocks. The moist smell of the earth fills the heavily treed forest. It's magical.

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Thank Rafael M
Michigan
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62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trails in this park come from both north, south, and west sides, offering a variety of views and ecological niches. Many birders and nature enthusiasts visit it daily to view the wildlife, including wild horses and bison. Alligators are common and bobcats have been seen. The bird variety is impressive. Recommend a visit if you are in the area.

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Thank Asata
Macomb, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a very nice place to visit. Better with a pair of binoculars so you can see the wild horses and Buffalo. The Visitor Center was closed at 4:00, it would have been time if the center was open.

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Thank Patricia S
Gainesville, Florida
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing park, 34 miles of bike trails 3+ miles of hiking trails. In the winter you can see some of the largest migrations of Sandhill cranes in Florida. Also hundreds of alligators dozen of Bison and wild horses.

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Thank Scott J
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the outlook area on the Northbound US 441, a short walkway out into the marsh. A huge Gator 6 foot at least basking at the side of the walkway. Apparently this is common according to locals. Well worth a stop and remember to look over the sides of the walkways.

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