Stayed at Paynes Prairie State Park for two days while on an extended Christmas camping trip. It was a wonderful surprise. I had driven over/through the prairie on I-75 many, many times and just thought it was a dry lake bed. Boy, was I wrong. The park itself is beautiful. The Visitor's Center on the edge of the prairie gives you a great understanding of the long history of this place and the observation tower is a wonderful place to see the local residents (we saw wild pigs and wild horses....the wild bison are said to be extremely shy). Great biking and hiking. Beautiful and private campsites, including several full facility, tent-only sites...which is perfect for this avid tenter. Perhaps not the greatest place for camping with small children as there's no place to swim, but we'll be back!
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