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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Sandtom wrote a review Oct 2020
Florida321 contributions81 helpful votes
Best laid-out, maintained, quiet campsites anywhere! Bathrooms very clean and showers have a pegged shelf and bench i the "antiroom" which make them so convenient to use. Several total miles of walking trails are well maintained and fairly well marked. Only draw back is we saw almost no wild life except a couple of ravens, heron and, when leaving, a herd of 5 or 6 dear. Still, great base for exporing Micanopy and Gainesville environs.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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lisacF8248GX wrote a review Sep 2020
Dania Beach, Florida16 contributions3 helpful votes
We visited with the hope of seeing some bison which we did not see when we visited in 2009. We were fortunate to see about 8 of them from the observation tower at the back of the main section of the park. You are able to walk several paths on the prairie and during one hike we found some of the wild horses. We visited during tropical storm Sally and many of the paths were very wet and muddy and the mosquitoes were terrible on some of the shaded trails. Be sure to bring bug spray. For the open trails, water and a hat are needed. These trails are quite long if you choose to follow them to the end and back. After the main park we drove to the bluff entrance further up 441 then around to the north entrance. The Alachua sink at the north entrance was a nice hike, but part of the trail was closed due to high water levels. We definitely plan to return in the dry season.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Bill wrote a review Sep 2020
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We usually judge a Campground primarily on having nice level campsites and clean, well maintained bathrooms. Paynes Prairie CG had both. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this Campground near Gainesville.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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AvoidingReality wrote a review Aug 2020
Ocala, Florida10 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I experienced a romantic sunset at Payne’s Prairie for our 24 Year Anniversary! It was a great way to get away and stay safe during COVID. We had dinner at Antonio’s Italian Restaurant and stayed at the Herlong Mansion nearby.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Eric F wrote a review Jun 2020
Fort Myers, Florida117 contributions142 helpful votes
I came here with family a few days ago, excited to search for wildlife. As we entered the park, we saw at least a dozen deer all around. We also hiked the Wacahoota Observation Tower and found at least 30 bison in the distance. We saw wild horses, lizards, insects, and squirrels in the forest area. Near the swamps, we saw beautiful birds and alligators. This place is not well know , but it’s certainly worth visiting.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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