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Paynes Prairie

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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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An absolute wonder of a place to hike but you better like gators!

The nature is powerful at this location and breathtaking. A super place to hike but gators are... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bonnie N
Davie, Florida
Still waterlogged but very beautiful

The Prairie is quite impressive with lots of water (still left after Hurricane Irma) necessitating... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The nature is powerful at this location and breathtaking. A super place to hike but gators are everywhere.

Thank Bonnie N
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Prairie is quite impressive with lots of water (still left after Hurricane Irma) necessitating lane closures along Hwy 441. The foliage is plentiful and we did see a gator about 15 feet off the roadway. Lots of birds.

Thank travchef
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice trails and boardwalks-- that make seeing " natural Florida"-- including alligators and snakes-- a pleasure!! Missed seeing the wild horses the day we visited as there was still flooding from the aftermath of the hurricane! Enjoyed our walk immensely-- with all of our...More

Thank beebop2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What struck me when I first walked out into the prairie was how vast it is—majestic and huge and beautiful. We parked at several of the various entrances and walked bits of trail, and we loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, the prairie is flooded...More

1  Thank Robert B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While recently visiting our son at UF, we had some time to kill and decided to trek over to Paynes Prairie to go on a quick hike. The trails were well kept, the observation tower allowed us to see clearly across much of the prairie...More

Thank GlogowskiGirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a lovely hiking, nature observation, ever-changing habitat. Every time I go, it is different. Great place for nature and wildlife photography. There are critters around—they were there first—so be careful where you walk and stay on the trails. Alligators, snakes, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, bees,...More

1  Thank Maelgori
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful trails and a huge variety of animals. The bird population is enormous and soon it will be full of the migratory birds. Where else can you get a picture of a buffalo and an alligator in the same picture. Wild horses and wild cattle...More

1  Thank Sidney J
Reviewed 20 October 2017

While visiting our family they suggested we take our son here to see the wildlife. We went after Irma so the place was flooded. We saw gators and beautiful birds. Locals say its great place to see wild horses and buffalo.

Thank libragirl067
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Forget the alligator farm. Come to Payne's Prairie instead. It's loaded with giant free roaming gators. They are everywhere. While we were there we saw sand cranes, wild horses, a bald eagle, lots of gators and even a barn owl living at the Gainesville entrance....More

1  Thank Paul C
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have been to this place so many times. If you want to have a close encounter with allegators then this is the place to be. You get to see a lot of allegators from a close proximity. Also if you are lucky then you...More

Thank Anuran R
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Alissa J
24 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!