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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Address: 100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
Phone Number: +1 352-466-3397
09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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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Unspoilt Wilderness

We only learnt of this place the week before we visited it while we were making our annual trip to Blue Spring and talking to one of the rangers. It is beautiful, quiet and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Phil H
Shipley, United Kingdom
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Shipley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We only learnt of this place the week before we visited it while we were making our annual trip to Blue Spring and talking to one of the rangers. It is beautiful, quiet and remote. The serenity and tranquility take your breath away. And though we saw very little in the way of animals, apart from two squirrels and possibly... More 

Thank Phil H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We first stopped in the Visitor Center for an orientation, including the movie of the area which was worth the time. Then we walked the Lachua Trail, not once but twice since it was so fascinating. The trail is wide open so it's better to hike in the morning or just before close and remember to bring water. We saw... More 

Thank Feenixwest
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed here on gator game day. This is a peaceful park with nice wooded sites. We stayed in a back-in site with electric hook up. The staff was friendly and helpful. The park was very clean. Camp sites are about a mile from front gate.

Thank Sonya C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the visitor center basically for orientation. Since the observation tower is almost behind it, we went their first, took the climb to get an overview of the area. Don't forget your binoculars. Afterward, there are a number of trails we opted for the Cones Dike trail, which is an 8.25 mile round-trip hike from the Visitor Center... More 

Thank GeorgeO1
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Preserve for just one night, to test out our new SUV and camping equipment. The camp sites were amazing...well laid out, level, "paved" with loose rock, picnic table, fire pit, plus water and electricity hook ups at each designated for RVs or trailers. Clean, hot shower/toilet facilities conveniently located. Quiet even though many of the sites were... More 

Thank Sandtom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the lookout tower! My wife and I spent a few hours just hiking the trails and observing the natural environment

Thank Samuel D
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This park has some of the most diverse wildlife. We went to the visitor’s center and watched one of the videos about the park and read about the preserve. Bring a strong set of binoculars to the observation tower which is a short distance from the visitor’s center. There are some trails around the visitor’s center but you will need... More 

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Edgewater, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

I know their is a bridge (scenic look out off Rd. 441) I'm gonna get a photo of the sunsetting. This town (Ocala, Micanopy or Gainesville) All can be seen as a top destination in Florida that is on Top 10 "unknowns".

Thank DanaDane38
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

As the State Park logo goes for all the superb Florida State Parks, this is the Real Florida sans amusement parks, traffic, pollution and noise. The hiking trails are abundant and mostly wooded with outstanding shade from many ancient, Spanish moss draped oaks. The viewing tower at the visitors center gives a good view of part of the prairie. The... More 

Thank Naturalbill
Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Half of the trails are excellent. I strongly suggest taking the ones that go out into the prairie. It irks me that they open so late. I'd prefer to begin hiking at dawn. Have walked right up to the Spanish wild horses, the buffalo are more of a luck deal. The view from the viewing platform is excellent!

Thank Chuck7769

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