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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 352-466-3397
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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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True Florida

La Chua trail is an amazing experience. There is a wooden walkway over a portion of this trail that makes this an incredible experience for those of us that want to explore nature... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
keepsmiling2016
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Macon, Georgia
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Macon, Georgia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

La Chua trail is an amazing experience. There is a wooden walkway over a portion of this trail that makes this an incredible experience for those of us that want to explore nature in a way that "feels safer". Be advised, this is a habitat for WILD animals. You are entering THEIR home. The entrance to this trail is only... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paynes Prairie is one of these places in our Planet Earth which makes one wonder... wonder about the FIRST ones who came into that Sanctuary and to wonder about the ones who work in preserving such a beauty! Meditative, spiritual and vibrational experiences happen at this beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it was a good place to visit, used to go there twice a week and had a good time just sitting on the dock enjoying the scenary

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1 Thank Renee L
Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you and your partner love to spend time in nature, this is the place in Gainesville. Although I highly recommend visiting during winter or early morning in summer as it can get infernal.

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1 Thank Ethan K
Alachua, Florida
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Only 10 minutes from downtown Gainesville you'll find yourself walking a beautiful wood Boardwalk through a jungle paradise. I've seen plenty of gators, birds, wild horses and bison.

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1 Thank RichardM305
Winter Park, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is nature at it's best. If you are a Southeast US bird watcher, you will see a great variety of birds here. Also, walk the trails and see the alligators in the wetlands.

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1 Thank Debbie H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to see the amazing wildlife in the area, up close and personal. Wild hogs, wild horses, birds of all kinds and of course, alligators and lots of them. Every season brings a variety of birds and blooming flora. Several trails to choose from, La Chua trail is the best for a short hike packed with lots to see.... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are willing to walk for 3+ miles, if you like natute, if you are not afraid to watch alligators this is a cool place to go. Bring your good camera and binoculars you may be able to see some wild horses and buffaloes. No facilities just a open trail.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great walk while viewing alligators, many birds and if you are lucky bison & wild horses. One of our favorite memories from our stay in Gainesville.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Great trails for hiking or biking. Great chance to see wildlife. Not too strenuous. Bring binoculars to view prairie.

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