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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Address: 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
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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Great park for hiking, birding and "critter" experience

We spent 2 days exploring the Preserve. Saw hundreds of birds, alligators, and even a bison and 4 wild Cracker horses! Bring water and snacks! Watch out for alligators on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
MamaPat202
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 2 days exploring the Preserve. Saw hundreds of birds, alligators, and even a bison and 4 wild Cracker horses! Bring water and snacks! Watch out for alligators on the trails, they are there, but they don't bother you if you don't bother them! Remember to stay 20 feet away!!

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Thank MamaPat202
Rhode Island
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed her about a week in Jan. 2016. The tent camping areas were so neat, and accessible even as walk ins. There was water and electric within easy reach. The bathrooms were immaculate, and well planned for showers. Can you believe there was even fresh flowers in the bathrooms. I gotta say this was one of the cleanest camp... More 

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Thank Anne E
Tampa, Florida, United States
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Peaceful, unspoiled, wildlife abound.... Including gators, so keep the peace, a low soft voice (if at all) and be respectful. Walking trails, boardwalks, nearby gorgeous bike trail. Can't believe I lived in Florida for 30 years before visiting such a beautiful place. Can't wait to go back.

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Thank Jill_and_Sue
Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This is a huge park, about 22,000 acres, with a small campground. This makes for a non-crowded park. There are several trails, some short, some long. Some allow pets, some do not. Be sure to take binoculars for nature viewing. The visitor center was closed during our visit; I think they're remodeling. The bathroom/shower facilities are very well maintained and... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I guess it wasn't the time to visit Paynes Prairie State Park. The mosquitoes were terrible. We wore long pants but had on short sleeve shirts and really got bit up. So needless to say we really didn't get to see much of the park. I guess once it gets a little cooler maybe the mosquitoes will not be to... More 

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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Most people just pass by Paynes Prairie going 70 mph on I-75 or Hwy 441, but it really is worth visiting. The main entrance on Hwy 441 has Lake Wauberg, a boat ramp, bicycle and hiking trails, a campground, picnic areas, observation tower. There is plenty to do here. The La Chua Trail, accessed on the Gainesville north side of... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

I have been coming and going to UF for decades, and I just recently spent time here with my husband. What an amazing area! Old Florida at it's finest. It's lovely to see that some of the Florida I grew up in is still preserved.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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97 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

We were from the Midwest, so it was really awesome to see birds that we don't have up north. Lots of different, cool birds. And gotta love the gators just chilling everywhere in the park. It's important to be cautious always, but I felt very safe walking near them. Seeing birds hanging out by gators were really cute, too.

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Gainesville, Florida
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144 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It's rather a small park with a good view of Paynes Prairie. I do enjoy going there, but you don't always see the wildlife, so going to La Chua trail in Gainesville is a much better option for wildlife viewing. You always see something interesting there. It has partial wheelchair accessibility. You can get to the main building, but getting... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

August is probably not the time to go; all we saw was plants. Also there were several areas to see. The only one clearly marked is the one with the Visitor Center. We went to the ones further north. First they don't mention that it is in Gainesville ina residential area. Second nothing is marked except the bike trails. It... More 

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