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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
+1 352-466-3397
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I love this place!

This was our 2nd visit to Paynes Prairie and it did not disappoint. We walked the Cones Dike trail... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
via mobile
Beautiful natural flooded plain, gorgeous place

Not sure why, but Trip Advisor has two different Paynes Prairie's listed, but they are both the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Robert B
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Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“visitor center” (26 reviews)
“wild horses” (69 reviews)
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100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our 2nd visit to Paynes Prairie and it did not disappoint. We walked the Cones Dike trail and saw several beautiful wild horses. I am sure you see something new each time you visit.

Thank MWyatt42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not sure why, but Trip Advisor has two different Paynes Prairie's listed, but they are both the same thing. It's technically in Micanopy, which is near Gainesville. What struck me when I first walked out into the prairie was how vast it is—majestic and huge...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Camped at this location-large sites. Reserve on line, but when u arrive, ask if any handicapped sites available, and if not reserved they will give it to u. There is a boat launch, amphitheatre, trails, fishing, playground. First go to visitors center and get trail...More

Thank Joannvan
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

We were actually the first visitors on an early Sunday morning (gates open at 8am!) ..... and we saw 5 or 6 deer,a wild turkey and from the observation tower behind the visitors center the resident herd of bison,birdlife was interesting as well. The view...More

Thank ARodriguezP
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I have always wanted to see the wild bison and horses I had heard and read about, and finally I went, and I got very, very lucky and saw both (and even had a horse come right up to me). The bison were wary of...More

Thank N H
Reviewed 7 July 2017

My wife and I biked the Dike Trail recently. It is one of the longer trails, and not all that shady. But it is worth the effort and time. This is the trail that ventures out along the edge of the prairie, and you are...More

1  Thank Peter T
Reviewed 26 June 2017

This review is specific to Cone's Dike Trail at Payne's Prairie, south rim. This is an easy hike; but can be long (8 miles round trip) and hot unless you go early. There is ample shade on the north run of the trail until the...More

Thank Wanderlust_at_dawn
Reviewed 13 June 2017

If you're in the vicinity of Gainesville or Micanopy, you have to make a stop here. This is the real Florida animal kingdom compared to all the fake and phoniness at Disney World in Orlando at a fraction of the cost. Thank goodness most of...More

2  Thank jtg1961
Reviewed 5 June 2017

I live 5 minutes from Paynes Prairie. I go there almost on a daily basis. Every visit I enjoy more than the day before. Very relaxing and lots of wildlife. I like the wild horses, snakes, bison and of course the alligators. Also are a...More

Thank kippersnack01
Reviewed 3 June 2017

This is an amazing place, one that really takes more than a day to explore. We did probably the least, and most touristy, by visiting the main visitor center and the observation tower there. If you go, bring binoculars. From the tower you might see...More

1  Thank jandc5744
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16 October 2017|
Response from Joannvan | Reviewed this property |
yes, the trails were open, but on one we had to turn back after 2 miles because the trail had water on it and we didn't know how deep it was. also we were warned about black water moccasins-which another person spotted on... More
Eileen E
11 August 2017|
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Response from Dave P | Reviewed this property |
We walked the main trail into the park and out to the observation platform. The first section is paved roadway and fairly narrow so you would have to watch for walkers. Then there is a narrow gateway onto the boardwalk area... More
Rick K
11 December 2016|
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Response from EMBall | Reviewed this property |
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