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Paynes Prairie

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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Nice place to visit and camp

Just a nice place to camp and be one with nature! Nice campsites for tents. Great nature trails... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Suzanne W
Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
Lovely views and wildlife - lots of flooding

We first visited the visitors centre and viewing tower. The view here was beautiful and we even saw... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks 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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“bison” (102 reviews)
“wild horses” (121 reviews)
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Gainesville, FL
Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a nice place to camp and be one with nature! Nice campsites for tents. Great nature trails and view of wildlife. I'm a avid birder and in the winter this is a great place for bird watching, especially the migratory birds.

Thank Suzanne W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first visited the visitors centre and viewing tower. The view here was beautiful and we even saw some ponies. We then went to the La Chua trail hoping to walk the path and see lots of gators and other wildlife. Sadly most of the...More

Thank FVR111
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there to look at the beautiful scenery and we went bird watching also seen some alligators which was a fun thing to do while your walking over the bridge

Thank N2432JFkarenl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There have been times that we visited and haven't seen much and other times where we've seen alligators, wild horses and bison. You just never know. Worth a stop if you enjoy hiking and wildlife.

1  Thank Michael K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place has been thousands of years in the making. It used to be a big lake. A sinkhole formed and the lake went down the sinkhole.

Thank jschert
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction was part of our plan when we visited the Gainesville area. We drove in US 441 and I 75 but experience a flooded prairie. The hurricanes the summer had not receeded or evaporated the huge amount of water that fell. We'll revisit when...More

Thank Roy R
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Last year I went to the north entrance of this park in loved it so this year I decided to go to the main entrance and see what it has to offer. Unfortunately last month they was a hurricane so a lot of the park...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 7 December 2017

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

Thank Bonnie N
Reviewed 5 December 2017

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 December 2017

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
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Alissa J
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