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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Address: 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
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+1 352-466-3397
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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You Want Gators?!

This is a big place, with both a southern and northern entrance that have accompanying trails and observation points. Its way too ambitious to attempt it all in one day. If you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a big place, with both a southern and northern entrance that have accompanying trails and observation points. Its way too ambitious to attempt it all in one day. If you live in the area it would be an ideal place to hike. The park visitor center lies at the end of the road leading into the south and... More 

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Parkton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hubby and visited this park and hiked on the La Chau trail to see the Sandhill Cranes, Wild horses and the buffalo. Lots of gators seen along the La Chau trail. We visited the beautiful visitor center and climbed the tower. Cool sighting of an eagle near the visitor center.

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Thank Eileen W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They were so nice in helping us get secure a last minute spot. (This doesn't happen often!) It's well kept up, the sites are very nice, and the rangers were great. We will definitely go back.

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Chattahoochee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice sites, with water and electric hookups. Do not use water unless absolutely necessary. The water is very strongly sulfur tasting. It took months to get it out of my fresh water holding tank. Everything else is great. Campground is not very large so make reservations early. It is full almost every night. Closest campground to University of Florida.

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1 Thank FloridaNative1944
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited both sides of the park- the visitor's center and the La chia trail. From the observation tower we didn't see any wildlife but that gave us the opportunity for a short scenic hike back to the parking lot. The visitor's center has some educational materials for children including real snake skin and real bones. We later visited the... More 

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Louisa, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I read a book called "A Land Remembered" about growing up in Florida from the 1800's into the 1900's and everywhere I turned on these trails and driving in the area brought back memories of what I imagined in my mind when reading the book. This is true Florida wilderness at it's best. So glad that such a large tract... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked the La Chua trail that starts in Gainesville and saw gators, flocks of cranes and some horses and bison in the distance. It's wonderful that this vast land tract has not been developed and is available to the public for hiking. There is signage that explains the history of the park land. If you go in the park... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked the La Chua trail which is 3 miles there and back. You start out on an elevated boardwalk and then walk out on grassy path down to an observation deck in the prairie. We thought we would see some gators but I lost count at about 200! We were a little freaked out how close they are to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

We did the LA Chua trail, which was 3 miles total (out and back). We saw a lot of gators, a few wild horses, many cranes and bison at the end from the observation deck. It was very busy, but a fun outing. There are parts where the trail is 3 people wide, and there are gators sunning on the... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

The place was taken by hordes of alligators and cranes! I hadn't seen as many as at the time of my visit. We also saw herons, ibises and horses. The sunset was astonishing. So much worth the time spent there!

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