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Paynes Prairie

#3 of 63 things to do in Gainesville Features Animals
Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Unique, historic site with lots of wildlife!

Depending on the trail you choose, different experiences. The la Chua Trail virtually guarantees... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gainesville, Florida

we have been wanting to go to Paynes Prarie for a couple years but FINALLY got there! Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 days 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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Reviewed 2 days ago

Depending on the trail you choose, different experiences. The la Chua Trail virtually guarantees close-up views of gators, and perhaps wild horses or bison. Other trails include lake views. Lots of water and grassland birds, varying at time of year. In migratory season, look for...More

1  Thank stevekirn
Reviewed 3 days ago

we have been wanting to go to Paynes Prarie for a couple years but FINALLY got there! Beautiful. HUGE! It was hot but it was worth it. Visitor center very nice but exhibits not all back in place. We hiked a couple of the trails...More

Thank Elena P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been a huge fan of Paynes Prairie for many years. In this review I'm specifically writing about Cones Dike Trail (I also love La Chua Trail, but reviewed it separately), as it's on the Prairie on the south side (in the main Paynes...More

1  Thank Susannah P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I highly suggest anyone visiting Gainesville, or anywhere in Florida, to come visit Paynes Prairie. It was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. We did several trails here, and it was so tranquil. We are totally separated from the industrial world, and emerged in nature. Be sure...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a Saturday morning. The visitor's center is very nice and the attendant helpful. We went up the observation tower and it does offer a fantastic view of the prairie. We also hiked the Bolen Bluff trail, going out to the observation tower...More

Thank lterry2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paynes Prarie is awesome. Theres lots of trails (I haven't yet explored them all!) But the most popular is La Chua Trail which is where you can see lots of birds, gators, wild horses, and sometimes even bison. It's a beautiful flat prairie (out in...More

Thank sashajam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wild horses and bison! They have roamed this prairie for over 500 years, before Spanish explorers arrived. The day was hot and near drought conditions had water levels low but a 3 mile hike over flat terrain revealed nearly 100 alligators, wild turkey, deer, water...More

Thank shellsmedina
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing place. You walk on a causeway with gators on both sides. There is evidence that they climb up over the causeway so you have to be careful. You're in their environment! Having said that they prefer to stay in or near the water and...More

Thank Cataplasm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seminole Chief Payne, is its namsake Paynes Prairie). While technically not a "prairie". In the 1700s it was described as Alachua Savannah. During periods of low rainfall, the water-table is low; so the waterway will be less photogenic and probably more muddy/and with a very...More

2  Thank Wanderlust_at_dawn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I dont understand the hype of this place. the thought be hind building this is awesome but other than a good place to go see stars not much going on here

Thank Billy S
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Alissa J
How do I get there from UF using public transportatioN?
23 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!