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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

 About Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Wild horses run around a green grassy open area in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

David Jowers

Thank you for visiting our website. Summer is a great time of the year to explore Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.  The Preserve encompasses over 22,000 acres of recreational opportunities to enjoy this time of year, such as cycling, walking, equestrian trails, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and boat ramp access to Lake Wauberg.  We have a staffed, air-conditioned Visitor Center with displays and video. We also have cell phone tour stops around the preserve to enhance our visitor's experience.  Learn more or download a guide to area tour stops at Dial and Discover.

Paynes Prairie is also centrally located and easy driving distance (approximately one hour) to Stephen Foster, Ichetucknee Springs, Rainbow Springs, Oleno, Silver Springs, and Mike Ross Goldhead Branch State Parks. These parks offer a wide variety of recreational experiences including Florida's largest fresh water springs.

Please remember to drink plenty of water, use sun protection, and keep an eye out for approaching thunderstorms while enjoying Florida's Great Outdoors!

For more information, please visit Friends of Paynes Prairie or call the Ranger Station at 352-466-3397.

DESIGNATIONS

The Great Florida Birding Trail Logo Trail of Florida's Indian Heritage Logo

GETTING HERE

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

Coming from the north on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Coming from the south on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go about 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

GET INVOLVED

  • Volunteer -

    Volunteers and interns are needed at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.  The park is also assembling a resource management team for seasonal maintenance along the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail and selected trails, and fence repair and removal.

    Additional positions include grant writer/coordinator, fundraiser, and event coordinator.

    For more information, email Amber Roux or call 352-466-4966.

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc.
  • 100 Savannah Boulevard¬†
    Micanopy, 32667

CONCESSIONAIRES

PET POLICY

  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are permitted in most areas of the park. Pets are not permitted on playgrounds, in bathing areas or in park buildings. Due to potential conflict with alligators, snakes, and bison, pets are not permitted on the Bolen Bluff Trail, Cone's Dike Trail, and La Chua Trail.