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Paynes Creek Historic State Park

 Activities at Paynes Creek Historic State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely bicycling experience along the park main drive and through most of the parks nature trails. Bicycles are not available for rent from the park. Safe operation of bicycles in the park is encouraged.

Birding

Birding

The park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and home to many native and annual migratory bird species. The diversity of bird species is greatly enhanced by natural features such as ox bow lakes, Peace River, Payne Creek, and several native plant communities, all accessible by the park's nature trails. Visitors can expect to see numerous song birds, wading birds, and raptorial species during their visit to Paynes Creek. A park bird list and other birding information are available at the ranger station and visitor center. For park birding news and updates call (863) 375-4717

Camping, Youth

Camping, Youth

The primitive youth camping area is located near Payne Creek and accommodates up to 30 tent campers. The campground includes a fire ring, a portable toilet, a pavilion and picnic tables. No water or electric service is available. Reservations are required. Call the park for reservations at (863) 375-4717.

Hammock camping is allowed in this camping area.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing is available

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is allowed in designated areas

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking trails are available

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

The visitor center offers a self-guided tour of the park's cultural history with a video program depicting the historical events of 1849-50 and the exhibits provide each visitor with an intimate experience of the historical events that placed Paynes Creek Historic State Park on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Ranger programs are available for both natural and cultural interpretive programs with reservation. Call the park office at (863) 375-4717 to plan a guided tour or schedule educational programs for school groups.

Pets

Pets

We allow pets and require they remain on leash.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

3 Pavilions that seat up to 40 people @ $30.00 plus tax for daily rental

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnic tables are available

Playground

Playground

Playground located in picnic area

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

ADA accessible restrooms & infant changing table for family accommodations at the Visitor Center.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

The visitor center offers a self-guided tour of the park's cultural history with a video program depicting the historical events of 1849-50 and the exhibits provide each visitor with an intimate experience of the historical events that placed Paynes Creek Historic State Park on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park