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Paynes Prairie

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Address: Gainesville, FL
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+1 352-466-3397
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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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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Now I know why Gainesville is home of the Gators

I went to the La Chua Trail here, and it was an awesome place to see alligators! The signs for the park are rather ominous, and I know it's because gators can be dangerous, but... read more

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Kathryn M
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

I went to the La Chua Trail here, and it was an awesome place to see alligators! The signs for the park are rather ominous, and I know it's because gators can be dangerous, but they were all more concerned with sunning while I was there (that being said, I still wouldn't let your children run around unsupervised). There were... More 

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Thank Kathryn M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful historical park and a great place to see the historical prairie that was once a Spanish ranch. Perhaps, you will see the wild Cracker horses and bison. It is also a great place to bird. This winter, 7000-8000 Sandhill Cranes could be seen from the La Cua Trail.

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1 Thank Patricia H
Gainesville, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

During a walk along the La Chua Trail you are guaranteed to see alligators up close and personal. There are also many varieties of birds wild horses, bison and wild boar. The walk starts with a board\walk with benches, covered areas and informational signs to help educate. From the boardwalk there is a path into the Paynes Prarie out to... More 

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Thank David L
Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

27000 acres of hiking, bird watching, camping in a unique environment that has been written about since the 1700's!

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Gainesville, Florida
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great park: close to a small city with excellent shopping and restaurants, but also an easy introduction to the beautiful natural landscapes of North Florida. Several entrances to varied environments from forest to marsh to prairie, and, if you are in North Florida between November and February, make sure you come to the Prairie to see (and hear) the thousands... More 

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Thank Tom L
Gainesville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for a nice long walk thru some fairly diverse terrain. Various length paths allow for most people to find one right for them. And always a chance to see some wildlife.

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Thank Cheryl T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my regular stops every year. A nice walk which usually reveals an abundance of alligators and occasionally wild horses and bison. This year there were fewer gators as the water level was exceptionally low. Also there was unfortunately some cannibalistic behavior going on as larger gators targeted smaller ones due to a shortage of food, again due to... More 

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Thank Gordon G
Gainesville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A walk on the wild side includes basking gators, wild horse, bison, and more. The Lachua Trail is the best place to start with a mile and a half walk. Your walk may be interrupted or shortened if a gator decides the trail is a good place to take some sun. There are no barriers between you and the wildlife... More 

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Thank James71542
Colchester, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we got caught in a cold rain so had to cut our hike short. We did see plenty of gators but had to turn around before where others reported seeing the wild horses and bison. Nice level area for walking.

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Thank Carole D
Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The park is open from 8 to sunset. The visitor center is from 9-4. I highly recommend the LA Chua Trail and Bolen Bluff Tail for wildlife viewing. Saw many horses, gators and birds. Very large park with lots of trails to walk on.

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