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Paynes Prairie

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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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One of the best Rest Areas in FL

We stop at this rest area during our seasonal trips to Orlando, and I must say... I am absolutely... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Terry H
Strange beauty with an even stranger history.

We have been here several times just passing thru. This time we stopped and hiked a little. There... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
mzbh2016
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Fort Lauderdale, 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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“bison” (104 reviews)
“wild horses” (128 reviews)
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Gainesville, FL
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+1 352-466-3397
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"observation tower"
in 45 reviews
"bison"
in 104 reviews
"wild horses"
in 128 reviews
"la chua trail"
in 46 reviews
"sandhill cranes"
in 22 reviews
"south entrance"
in 6 reviews
"state park"
in 24 reviews
"whooping crane"
in 4 reviews
"bluff trail"
in 4 reviews
"main park"
in 4 reviews
"nice visitor center"
in 4 reviews
"real florida"
in 10 reviews
"within feet"
in 6 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 8 reviews
"amazing wildlife"
in 5 reviews
"large gators"
in 4 reviews
"natural park"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stop at this rest area during our seasonal trips to Orlando, and I must say... I am absolutely impressed by it every time. Covered picnic tables, large bathrooms and vending machines that are always stocked. The highlight is the "Snake Bridge", a walkway that...More

Thank Terry H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been here several times just passing thru. This time we stopped and hiked a little. There are many mosquitoes so bring your repellent! The camp ground was really cozy and quaint. We were surprised how full it was. The paths at the visitor...More

Thank mzbh2016
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's so many different trails throughout Paynes Prairie and each one is worth exploring! My favorite is La Chua where I regularly find wild horses and boars. You can also ride your bike on the Hawthorne Trail to see the prairie as you ride and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Gators see you but they don't care, the roadside pullover is almost always an easy place to spot gators, sometimes snakes. The various flowers cycle through the seasons. After Hurricane Irma in September 2017 ran through, the two outer lanes on US-441 were shut...More

Thank Laura L
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Trip taken with Alachua Audubon Society. The trail is 2.2 miles more or less round trip. Many nice looks at birds. Also saw a cute, little brown bunny rabbit. Very pleasant walk.

Thank Helene H
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Saw amazing creatures in the natural park of Payne's Prairie. Armadillo, Gators, wild horses roaming the praire. Gators arefaurly docile sunning themselves on the bank. Apparently not recommended for dusk as that is dinner time. Want an adventure.... See it.

Thank Don K
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

I only camped here one night but loved it. The tent camp sites are great, you are a good distance from your neighbors. Bathrooms were very close by. It did rain the whole time I was there, but got to see the Prairie before I...More

Thank Lyndy D
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

Very open and wild. Watch out for the gators! Lots of babies hiding on the waters edge. Very very large, lots of places, parks and trails to visit in the area.

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Easy trails to walk. $4 to park / entry. We saw wild horses, alligators, snakes, birds, Amardillos, all sorts of Florida wildlife in there natural free habitat and close up. Prairies is still flooded from hurricane irma on Sept. 2017.

Thank boconogo
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Stopped to see Paynes Prairie. It is a true natural habitat. No telling what wildlife you will see there. A great place to for trail walks.

2  Thank ginniedroz
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