" Paynes Prairie State park "
This 22,000-acre preserve is among the most significant natural and historic areas in Florida. In 1774, noted artist and naturalist William Bartram wrote a detailed description of this area, calling it the "great Alachua Savannah." The park offers hiking, bird watching, fishing, camping, picnicking, and bicycling. Natural and cultural exhibits are located in the visitors center.
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"Stunning Prairie Wildlife!! "
My wife and I visited Paynes Prairie as a side trip on a day trip to the Gainesville area. We were completely blown away! We had a lovely picnic lunch at on of the pavilions. At the visitor's center, the ranger explained the extensive history of the park including the Spanish prescence. From the lookout tower, we were able to see Spanish horses on the prairie. We also took a hike onto the prairie where we saw a deer, an alligator, and a box turtle laying eggs! That is in addition to the numerous birds. It does get extremely hot on the prairie, so I would recommend plenty of water. We also used an umbrella to keep the sun off which was a huge help. Like many others, we have driven past Paynes Prairie many times on I-75. Definitely take some time to get off the highway and visit this natural treasure!
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Our Meet and greet is on Friday night at 7:00pm.
On Saturday join the potluck party at 6:00pm
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We look forward to seeing you there!!