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Paynes Creek Historic State Park

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Address: 888 Lake Branch Road, Bowling Green, FL
Phone Number: +1 863-375-4717

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Beautiful, small state park

We walked the peace river trail. It was beautiful and peaceful! The state park is very small and well-maintained. The picnic area also had a playground and would be a great place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 October 2016
Megan H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We walked the peace river trail. It was beautiful and peaceful! The state park is very small and well-maintained. The picnic area also had a playground and would be a great place for the whole family to enjoy an afternoon.

Thank Megan H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This park has something for history buffs, hikers, bird watchers and paddlers. We visited early in the morning (in the month of July) as we knew it would "get right hot" as they say in these parts, not to mention that thunder storms pop up with some regularity mid day in the summer months. Coming from New Hampshire it was... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

My wife and I came hiking here on a Saturday. We were blown away by the serene nature of this park. The trails wind along the creek and river which were teeming with fish. There are several miles of excellent hiking trails to explore as well as the old fort and trading post sites. The museum was very informative into... More 

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Colchester, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Payne was one of the clerks killed by Seminole attackers at the Kennedy-Darling "Indian" trading post located in the park, which was part of Fort Chokonikla in the so-called Second Seminole War, when the US sought to remove the indigenous native Americans from this part of Florida in order to accommodate new European settlers. There is an interesting little visitors... More 

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Parrish, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

Great place to stop and visit. The visitors center has a history of the Seminole Wars and a site where a fort was built. Also has walking trails around the park which is great for seeing some wildlife. The trail also goes along the Peace River great for taking pictures.

Thank Armand P
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

If you like history, as I do, Paynes Creek Historic Park is highly recommended if you want to learn about the Seminole Indians and the US Military in Florida. Besides the history lesson, you can also hike, canoe and picnic.

1 Thank Edward O
arcadia, florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2015

Great little park nice trails one that goes over a suspension bridge to take you to the burial site of one of the settlers.

Thank priscilla m
Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2015

There is a volksmarch set up in this park (6.2 mile hike) that takes you throughout this small park using every trail. It is a great way to explore the interior of the park. The start materials are in the visitor center. Make sure you see the suspension bridge and tombstone. There. Are also geocaches available.

1 Thank Hobomonty
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

This is a nice little park if you are in the area. Right on the Peace River and Paynes Creek. Nice visitors center and good trails. Definitely worth it if you are in the south Polk county area.

Thank mountainman13
Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stopped here on our way from MCO to RSW. The suspension bridge was cool and there are lots of trails. We plan on going back when it is a little cooler outside. The trail by the visitors center is not marked well. A very nice park with some interesting history.

1 Thank sunshinegirl34230

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