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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

#1 of 15 things to do in Micanopy Features Animals
100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
+1 352-466-3397
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Must go here!

I have always wanted to see the wild bison and horses I had heard and read about, and finally I... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wesley Chapel, Florida
The Dike Trail - worth the time

My wife and I biked the Dike Trail recently. It is one of the longer trails, and not all that... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
Peter T
Gainesville, Florida
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
+1 352-466-3397
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 6 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 25 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 12 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 4 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 2 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
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We are on our way to Honeymoon Island for an extended stay and Payne's Prairie State Park was on our way so we stayed 3 days. First time to stay here and it was a different experience. To say that, I need to explain. First...More

Thank Tim P
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The experience you get largely comes down to which trail you visit, and at what time. Dawn and dusk are particularly good for catching sightings of wild horses and alligators. One of our favorite trails is La Chua; it's a relatively shorter walk of only...More

2  Thank Costin A
Reviewed 11 May 2017

On our recent long weekend trip to Payne's Prairie I was completely surprised with the park. The campground is smaller than some State Parks but it is in amazing condition. Our site was very clean. From what I saw in all of the sites they...More

1  Thank ALRFurLife
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Went to Gainesville, FL late January and visited Payne Prairie Park. The scenery here is unbelievable! You are literally yards away from alligators, beautiful birds, bison, wild horses and so much more wildlife in their natural habitat. This is a must visit for all people!...More

Thank Karen W
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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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2 November 2016|
Response from Naturalbill | Reviewed this property |
Paved walk only a couple hundred feet from tent sites.