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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
Phone Number: 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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Beautiful Hike/Bike

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
cascader8
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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76 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I regularly visit state parks all over Florida and usually do research prior to my visits. That being said I knew this was going to be a "nice" park. What I found far exceeded my expectations and made wish that I had better prepared so that I could take advantage of some of the longer hiking trails. The park is... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The LaChua trail from the north entrance is home to alligators, numerous birds, bison, and wild horses. If you go to the main south entrance and Visitor Center, you find exhibits about the Prairie and an observation tower. The entrance fee from the main entrance covers the north entrance also.

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Thank Mary C
Gainesville, Florida
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just south of Gainesville, Fl on US 441. Usually a big gator sitting under the Boardwalk and a Osprey nearby. The real magic is to watch a spectacular sunrise on a clear morning. The State park a few miles further south offers camping and hiking trails.

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Thank Bert G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to go relax, and take in the scenery. The signs are there for a reason, and don't forget you camera. Great for pics!

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Jerusalem, Israel
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a magical place for anyone who has ever passed by this great town called Gainesville and especially for those of us blessed to have lived here- what a treat!

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Tallahassee, Florida
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62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went camping at Paynes Prairie and it was a great experience. They offered firewood for $5 and had facilities that were easily accessible to our campsite. The trail itself was beautiful and I loved witnessing wild horses up close like I was able to. There was a downside as it rained while we were there but I still really... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a big open space that has beautiful scenery to take pictures of the area with. Seems there are many different areas to visit. As far as you can see it seems. Not a lot of covered areas to shade from the sun and then there are in other areas. One is right off the interstate. Another park and... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We live in Gainesville and if we want to get back to nature this is the place to go. We always see alligators and if you're lucky you might get to see the bison or wild horses. Birds abound, you can always see a wide variety of birds. Good established walk ways.

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folsom, ca
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12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited/hiked and biked) this park OFTEN (I live in Gainesville) - both at the preserve AND La Chua (alligator city) trails, it NEVER fails to amaze me.

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