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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy

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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is a Florida State Park, encompassing a 21000acre savanna in Micanopy, Florida, south of Gainesville. It is also a U.S. National Natural Landmark. It is crossed by both I-75 and U.S. 441 (which has a scenic outlook ramp).HistoryThe prairie became the stronghold of the Alachua band of the Seminole tribe under chief Ahaya the Cowkeeper in the 18th century. It is named for the Cowkeeper's eldest surviving son, Payne.In 1776 the area, then known as Alachua Savannah, was visited by William Bartram who noted in his book, "Bartram's Travels", that it was used as grazing ground by the local Seminole.There have been times when the prairie's drainage became so blocked that it flooded, causing the formation of a lake. The most recent such occurrence was in 1871, and lasted until 1886. During this period, steamboats were a frequent sight on what was called Alachua Lake.
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  • 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 fract...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Great trails for all skill levels. Awesome views from the observation tower. Educational visitors center with air conditioned bathrooms. Indoor viewing area of the preserve when you need to take a break.
  • Great site. Shaded but hot. Many bike trails, picnic areas, and history. Loved the observation tower and the north entrance to the prairie. We also recommend visiting the Marjorie Rawlings home in Cross Creek. Ric & Diana Houle
  • Its a good place to go if you want to be one with nature. But dont go in the spring/summer unless you like it very hot. I recommend going in the fall and winter time.
  • Huge place to just get out and hike. We didn't see any animals but it was probably too hot that day, but the trails were covered by trees so not a lot of direct sun light to help keep you cool. Camping, fishing, and more to do there.
  • Wild horses and a lovely observation deck. So many trails for al experience levels. I was injured and still was able to enjoy the trip.