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Paynes Prairie

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Open today: 09:00 - 16:00
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Beautiful vista

I've lived in the area for over 20 years and I haven't seen this much water or wildlife ever! I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Suzanne W
Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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Good Outing

very good place to visit relax and enjoy a day out having a barbecue and enjoying the scenery so... 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.
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Gainesville, FL
+1 352-466-3397
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's nice, but really not a whole lot to see except water and, yes, gators. Nice scenery and all, great outing, but not a whole lot to get excited about in my opinion. Great for a day trip.

Thank lrojeda
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've lived in the area for over 20 years and I haven't seen this much water or wildlife ever! I think Florida Rock or Army Corp of Engineers has finally releasednthe water back to all of these drought affected areas... it's about time! Back to...More

Thank Suzanne W
Reviewed 1 week ago

very good place to visit relax and enjoy a day out having a barbecue and enjoying the scenery so very quiet peaceful and tranquil place to relax. for the day away from all the hustle and bustle of daily life

Thank Baerie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get away from all the touristy spots and enjoy nature. We got lots of photos of wild dear as they came very near the roadway through the park. Rangers are very helpful answering questions.

Thank TravelerforBees
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We first went to Nature center which was welcoming and very pretty. We went to observation tower behind nature center and were able to see the bison herd which was soo neat... the park ranger then stated the “La Chua trail” was half flooded but...More

1  Thank Linemansgal926
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trail is a part of Paines Prairie. We had a ranger-led tour of the trail and it was fabulous. Gorgeous weather, lots of wildlife, birds, gators. Not to be missed if you are in the area.

1  Thank Linda H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stop at this rest area during our seasonal trips to Orlando, and I must say... I am absolutely impressed by it every time. Covered picnic tables, large bathrooms and vending machines that are always stocked. The highlight is the "Snake Bridge", a walkway that...More

Thank Terry H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here several times just passing thru. This time we stopped and hiked a little. There are many mosquitoes so bring your repellent! The camp ground was really cozy and quaint. We were surprised how full it was. The paths at the visitor...More

Thank mzbh2016
Reviewed 1 June 2018

There's so many different trails throughout Paynes Prairie and each one is worth exploring! My favorite is La Chua where I regularly find wild horses and boars. You can also ride your bike on the Hawthorne Trail to see the prairie as you ride and...More

1  Thank Adventures_Anywhere
Reviewed 29 May 2018

The Gators see you but they don't care, the roadside pullover is almost always an easy place to spot gators, sometimes snakes. The various flowers cycle through the seasons. After Hurricane Irma in September 2017 ran through, the two outer lanes on US-441 were shut...More

Thank Laura L
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