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Paynes Prairie

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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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good for a hike

It was a very nice place to visit. Better with a pair of binoculars so you can see the wild horses... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
Patricia S
Macomb, Illinois
Amazing park, 34 miles of bike trails 3+ miles of hiking trails

Amazing park, 34 miles of bike trails 3+ miles of hiking trails. In the winter you can see some of... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Scott J
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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Reviewed 7 January 2017

It was a very nice place to visit. Better with a pair of binoculars so you can see the wild horses and Buffalo. The Visitor Center was closed at 4:00, it would have been time if the center was open.

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Amazing park, 34 miles of bike trails 3+ miles of hiking trails. In the winter you can see some of the largest migrations of Sandhill cranes in Florida. Also hundreds of alligators dozen of Bison and wild horses.

Thank Scott J
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped at the outlook area on the Northbound US 441, a short walkway out into the marsh. A huge Gator 6 foot at least basking at the side of the walkway. Apparently this is common according to locals. Well worth a stop and remember...More

Thank Viv2016x
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We came here on our last day in Gainesville, primarily because we waited until the weather was a bit warmer (for late December/early January.) I'm glad we waited because the gators were out basking in the sun. The sandhill cranes were everywhere, enjoying their winter...More

Thank Jenn A
Reviewed 25 December 2016

This is old Florida at its best. The boardwalks are a gentle way to be introduced into the area and most people stop there. But you can continue to hike on the trails if you want to immerse yourself in the outdoors. We were only...More

1  Thank brislink
Reviewed 16 December 2016

We had a fantastic walk through this beautiful park. We definitely didn't need any coffee to get the adrenalin flowing, seeing wild alligators everywhere! Very beautiful vistas looking across at alligators, tropical birds, bison and horses!

1  Thank Rhonda S
Reviewed 13 December 2016

We had a nice easy hike which ended in seeing lots and lots of alligators! We are from the Midwest so seeing gators was a real treat for us.

Thank Deb F
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Walked 6 miles of trails. We saw wild horses and tons of gators, cranes. No buffalo but did see dung. I think they put buffalo dung out to give you hope! LOL

Thank offsh50141
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

La Chua trail was a great place to take the family! Stay on the trail! We saw tons of alligators!!! Don't go during the summer months. We tried that and got heat exhaustion. Go during the winter months.

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Went with my cousin and sibling family~~ it was a nice short trail with march on both sides and large alligators, buffalo etc. Trails are nicely maintained with a "lookout" point at the end of the trail~~get day get away~~

Thank Sheila C
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Alissa J
23 June 2016|
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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!