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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
+1 352-466-3397
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Where the Buffalo Roam

Paynes Prairie offers a range of camping and hiking options, including trails once trod by explorer... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
FloridaAuthor
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Gainesville
Great csmpground

The visitors center is a must see as tyhe geology and ecology of this place are fully explained... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jo M
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“wild horses” (72 reviews)
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100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
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"saw deer"
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"grassy path"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Paynes Prairie offers a range of camping and hiking options, including trails once trod by explorer William Bartram in the 18th C. You can see deer, wild horses, alligators, a variety of birds and, if you're fortunate, bison. I've seen plenty of evidence of where...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visitors center is a must see as tyhe geology and ecology of this place are fully explained. The video is outstanding. If you are camping, this is one of the best campgrounds in t he area

Thank Jo M
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

I enjoy Florida history and the outdoors, and Payne's Prairie combines both. It is 90% outdoors and 10% history but what a rich history it is. The area was settled by the Spanish, Seminoles, United States and various cowboys, in addition to being visited by...More

1  Thank Ryan W
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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

We decoded to visit the Alachua trail where the boardwalk is. Beautiful views, you see crocodiles, you have places to sit and enjoy the view. Many things to see like different birds, plants, etc

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Reviewed April 15, 2018

We camped here, and LOVED the campsite. Good spots with lots of trees. Easy to moderate walking trails. Very nice visitor center. Good wildlife. Clean bath houses. Pretty park.

1  Thank 730viajera
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

I had some time to kill while in Gainesville for business. I really enjoyed visiting the Prairie and looking for wildlife. There are several different parking areas. I had no problem paying to park in each of the trail areas. I do wish there was...More

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Everybody knows where Paynes Prairie is, but too few people visit it. PPPSP is one of Florida's most interesting Parks, from many standpoints including geology, wildlife, water, and human history. The visitor center at the South (main) entrance is not much, but a walk along...More

Thank George E
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Reviewed March 25, 2018

There are many trails and lengths to chose from. You could easily spend the day hiking there. The view from the observation tower is very pretty and relaxing. It's a state park and costs $6 a car to get in. It's worth the $6 even...More

Thank Beth S
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

We were there mid-March and were disappointed to find the prairie was still flooded from rain received during Hurricane Irma. You couldn't access any of the trails that went out into the prairie (due the flooding) much past the beginning of the trails. You can...More

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Reviewed March 15, 2018

$6 per car. 1.5-2 miles into the visitor center parking area from the entrance. Visitor Center closes at 4. There is a short walk to an observation tower which is well worth climbing up. There are several longer walks for those wishing to go out...More

2  Thank Trek-Always
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Robin H
March 10, 2018|
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Response from Greg D | Reviewed this property |
All campsites are basically level. Go to state park website and select Payne Prairie. From there go to campsite lists-each campsite has max.length it can handle. We loved our visit-would do it again.
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Response from Joannvan | Reviewed this property |
yes, the trails were open, but on one we had to turn back after 2 miles because the trail had water on it and we didn't know how deep it was. also we were warned about black water moccasins-which another person spotted on... More
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