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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
+1 352-466-3397
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Number 40 Geo Cache (inside knowledge required) TREES, TREES, TREES + they are NOT kidding about the animals

The Florida State Park system sponsors special "geo-caching" sites whereby one can obtain a special... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2016
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Nice Little Get Away

It's a nice weekend get away. I wouldn't go when it's hot as a lot of the trails don't have much... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2016
Lorme J
Orlando, FL
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Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
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100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
+1 352-466-3397
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

The Florida State Park system sponsors special "geo-caching" sites whereby one can obtain a special "challenge coin" upon finding 40 (of the nearly 70) "hides." This park is ENORMOUS and a great place to hike and bike on nicely maintained dedicated trails, many of which...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2016

It's a nice weekend get away. I wouldn't go when it's hot as a lot of the trails don't have much shade. Also the wild life don't like to come out when it's hot. We did not see any buffalo!

Thank Lorme J
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I spent a few days here camping in our Motorhome with our old dog. I guess Florida prairies are nothing like the prairies we had in Texas! The area was wooded, with great big oaks shading all the camping spots. The online...More

1  Thank BeaS265
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

My ice and visited one evening approximately 1 hour before dark. Got to see wild horses, buffalo, and so many deer we lost count. Truly a beautiful park worth the visit.

1  Thank Ken C
Reviewed 21 July 2016

We were a group of 4 spending 1 day at the park. First we went to the visitor information centre. I'm glad we did. It was helpful to prepare us northerners on do's and don'ts with the wildlife. Specifically the attendant said to stay on...More

Thank canadiangrandma2016
Reviewed 16 July 2016

Brings lots of water and good walking shoes. Lots of hiking trails. Wooded area. Observation decks. Lots of water fowl, horses, wildlife. Peaceful and relaxing. Well-maintenance. Very clean. Ample parking. Informative visitors center. Pretty area.

Thank Rita S
Reviewed 12 July 2016

We braved the heat and the humidity and survived! We saw wild horses, a few gators and several different species of birds. We went through the north entrance and didn't see as much as we would have like, but will definitely return in the fall...More

Thank EMBall
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Very large park with several long trails. It was so hot when we were there that was out of the question. We went to the visitors center and watched a nice film about the place then walked to the observation tower. I climbed all the...More

Thank Peas2013
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

There was a lot to see in the park. From many birds to other animals such as deer the wild horses and some alligators. Saw all of those but was unable to find the bison but saw signs of them every where. I do recommend...More

Thank Megan H
Reviewed 30 May 2016

If you're in the Gainesville area you must go. Take your friends/family if they come to visit you. At the observation point, I saw two alligators. To get into the Payne's Prarie area, it's $6 per car. So, carpool if you can.

2  Thank adamsrod
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Eileen E
10 August 2017|
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Response from Dave P | Reviewed this property |
We walked the main trail into the park and out to the observation platform. The first section is paved roadway and fairly narrow so you would have to watch for walkers. Then there is a narrow gateway onto the boardwalk area... More
Rick K
10 December 2016|
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Response from EMBall | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know
1 November 2016|
Response from Naturalbill | Reviewed this property |
Paved walk only a couple hundred feet from tent sites.