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Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

La Chua trail off of the Hawthorne trail provides a fantastic path into the prairie. We saw herons, egrets, wild horses and some of the biggest alligators I've ever seen (and I've hiked, biked and kayaked in Florida for over 25 years).

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoy the park trails. Old oak trees with moss and ferns. Nice observation tower from which we have seen 16 bison munching grass, other times wild horses, deer, and black hog. Always many birds.

Thank Robert R
The Villages, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

Clean restrooms, great biking trail, wooded campsites giving each campsite privacy. We were in a 40' Motorhome and had no problems getting in or parking. Near numerous things to do. Don't miss the Butterfly Refuge or the museum.

Thank A F
Port Richey, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2015

This RV park is close to Gainesville and many local attractions. We visited the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings estate, which is now a State park. The tour of the Rawlings house and grounds was very organized and the tour guides were very knowledgeable, providing a lot of historical information. At Paynes Prairie we stayed in site number 48 (Winnebago, class A... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2015

Did several trials in Paynes Prairie. In the south, close to visitor centre-beautiful Forrest and lakes. In the north, la chua trail, saw many alligators, birds and wild horses. Alligators are right next to the path in spring. Truly impressive!!

1 Thank Salazarkock
Palm Beach Gardens
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35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Most of the campsites are pretty wide with lots of privacy and all are very shaded with trees. Tent campsites have their own section if you wanted it so not next to rvs having to listen to their a/c units etc., although they also allow tents, from what I could tell, at the other sites. Lots of great shaded trails.... More 

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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2013

On our travel from pensocola beach back to fort myers we decided to stop a night in Gainesville and to visit the park. Great choice, park is great, full of wildlife and nature. We were alone the afternoon in the park on a friday. We saw big spiders, racoons, squirrels and deers. We were at the observation tower, but we... More 

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ft m
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Although I did not have a chance to spot Bison or wild horses, and it rained the entire weekend, my stay here was wonderful. There is a lot of walking around and exploring to do. The campsites were great and the bathrooms were clean. I must return to this location so that I can explore much more.

3 Thank BLuis33
Cleveland, Georgia
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176 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2013

I'm not a camper. I just travel a lot. It's a state park, so it has other things that state parks offer, and then some: birds and wildlife galore. They even have bison and wild horses. I stop here from time-to-time when driving either or north or south on I-75. Being just south of Gainesville, FL, it's the perfect place... More 

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Brooksville, Florida
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Great bike riding, great trails, and overall good place to camp or visit. Campsite 28 is the best campsite thats closest to the road and showers. Plenty of space and room to set up camp. The vistor center is a good place to visit and the rangers had a snake slide show presentation that our kids liked.

1 Thank Jess M
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Address: 100 Savannah Blvd, Rt. 2, Box 41, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
Location: United States > Florida > Micanopy
Number of rooms: 50
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