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Paynes Prairie

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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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A fine Outdoor adventure in Gainesville Fl.

27000 acres of hiking, bird watching, camping in a unique environment that has been written about... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Gainesville, Florida
Amazing wildlife

Great park: close to a small city with excellent shopping and restaurants, but also an easy... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
Tom L
Gainesville, Florida
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Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“wild horses” (118 reviews)
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

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

Thank ChuckB32605
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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...More

Thank Tom L
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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.

Thank Cheryl T
Reviewed 11 February 2017 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...More

Thank Gordon G
Reviewed 1 February 2017

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...More

Thank James71542
Reviewed 30 January 2017

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.

Thank Carole D
Reviewed 30 January 2017 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.

1  Thank Alis H
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

I went to Payne a prairie and I wasn't sure what to find after looking at some reviews and seeing gators and some trails. I arrived to the trail which was well kept and beautiful where everything was well marked. There are three trails but...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

While we did not see any wildlife, other than squirrels, this is still a nice place to spend the day hiking. There are trails of many different lengths so you can find one that suits your mood, abilities and/or time frame. The trails are well...More

Thank Dini O
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I started going to the Prairie Trails last year, every trip we make is a new adventure. We always see something new and exciting! It is so enjoyable and new gets old.

Thank Raven00813
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Alissa J
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Response from kbcny8 | Reviewed this property |
Here are the phone numbers at the park, give them a call I'm sure they know if you can use public transportation. Visitor Center 352-466-4100 or Ranger Station 352-466-3397. Hope you find the answer!