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Parkton, Maryland
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a birder I have been following various birds sightings. I heard the Sandhill Cranes were being seen in big numbers at Paynes Prairie State Preserve. Hubby and I hiked the La Chau trail and we visited the beautiful visitor center and climbed the tower and took a short walk. The Sandhill Cranes were kind of far away, it was...

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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We stayed in the campground 4 nights. Loved the wildlife & trails! We were also close enough to Gainesville to do all the things we wanted to do there! Bathrooms we clean. the biking through the forest was fun & a good workout.

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Thank Jules C
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

La Chua trail off of the Hawthorne trail provides a fantastic path into the prairie. We saw herons, egrets, wild horses and some of the biggest alligators I've ever seen (and I've hiked, biked and kayaked in Florida for over 25 years).

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G-Ville
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoy the park trails. Old oak trees with moss and ferns. Nice observation tower from which we have seen 16 bison munching grass, other times wild horses, deer, and black hog. Always many birds.

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The Villages, Florida
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Clean restrooms, great biking trail, wooded campsites giving each campsite privacy. We were in a 40' Motorhome and had no problems getting in or parking. Near numerous things to do. Don't miss the Butterfly Refuge or the museum.

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Port Richey, Florida
Reviewed 30 April 2015

This RV park is close to Gainesville and many local attractions. We visited the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings estate, which is now a State park. The tour of the Rawlings house and grounds was very organized and the tour guides were very knowledgeable, providing a lot of historical information. At Paynes Prairie we stayed in site number 48 (Winnebago, class A...

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 28 March 2015

Did several trials in Paynes Prairie. In the south, close to visitor centre-beautiful Forrest and lakes. In the north, la chua trail, saw many alligators, birds and wild horses. Alligators are right next to the path in spring. Truly impressive!!

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Palm Beach Gardens
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Most of the campsites are pretty wide with lots of privacy and all are very shaded with trees. Tent campsites have their own section if you wanted it so not next to rvs having to listen to their a/c units etc., although they also allow tents, from what I could tell, at the other sites. Lots of great shaded trails....

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Munich, Germany
Reviewed 21 October 2013

On our travel from pensocola beach back to fort myers we decided to stop a night in Gainesville and to visit the park. Great choice, park is great, full of wildlife and nature. We were alone the afternoon in the park on a friday. We saw big spiders, racoons, squirrels and deers. We were at the observation tower, but we...

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ft m
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Although I did not have a chance to spot Bison or wild horses, and it rained the entire weekend, my stay here was wonderful. There is a lot of walking around and exploring to do. The campsites were great and the bathrooms were clean. I must return to this location so that I can explore much more.

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Address: 100 Savannah Blvd, Rt. 2, Box 41, Micanopy, FL 32667-3475
Region: United States > Florida > Micanopy
Number of rooms: 50
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