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Paynes Prairie

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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Stayed at the campground here. So nice and peaceful. Nice sites with plenty of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Beautiful state park with Wild Horses

Went here for a day trip to see wild horses. Saw a few due to being a cold windy day but still... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tammy S
Cocoa, Florida
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Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Stayed at the campground here. So nice and peaceful. Nice sites with plenty of privacy. Beautiful surroundings. Enjoyed it immensely! Lots of birds.

Thank RetiredandRoaming53
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for a day trip to see wild horses. Saw a few due to being a cold windy day but still worth the trip and plan to go back. There are plenty of hiking trails and a cool observation tower to climb up and...More

Thank Tammy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Paynes Prairie is a beautiful place, and has several associated state parks surrounding it, so there are numerous lookout points and trails available. The park on the south side of the property is the largest and still has several independent entrances with independent trails. The...More

Thank wmerry2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just south of Gainesville, Florida is a natural preserve area with boardwalks to enjoy the serenity of the Prairie and observe the wildlife.

Thank Rhino2525
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been in Gainesville for about a week for work and have made it down here for a morning run almost every day. The wildlife is spectacular. I've seen alligators, pigs, deer, tons of birds every trip... Perhaps this is commonplace for locals, but is...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Travelers spend $10,000’s of dollars to go to Africa on a wild Safari. Right here in Gainesville, Fl there are so many wonderful natural wonderlands to see and experience including Payne’s Prairie.

Thank robertwJ9760EQ
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Just a nice place to camp and be one with nature! Nice campsites for tents. Great nature trails and view of wildlife. I'm a avid birder and in the winter this is a great place for bird watching, especially the migratory birds.

Thank Suzanne W
Reviewed 5 January 2018

We first visited the visitors centre and viewing tower. The view here was beautiful and we even saw some ponies. We then went to the La Chua trail hoping to walk the path and see lots of gators and other wildlife. Sadly most of the...More

Thank FVR111
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We went there to look at the beautiful scenery and we went bird watching also seen some alligators which was a fun thing to do while your walking over the bridge

Thank N2432JFkarenl
Reviewed 27 December 2017

There have been times that we visited and haven't seen much and other times where we've seen alligators, wild horses and bison. You just never know. Worth a stop if you enjoy hiking and wildlife.

1  Thank Michael K
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Alissa J
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