March 01, 2014
BACKPACK WITH A RANGER
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 1 & 2, 2014.
If you’re interested in taking your next camping venture beyond the campground, but you’re not ready to make the trip on your own, then join one of our rangers on a group overnight hike just off the beaten prairie path. Journey along biologically and historically unique areas, and learn about the Prairie’s relationship to people of the past, present and future.
This overnight trip is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 6.5 miles over level to slightly rolling terrain. The pack in, pack out hike begins Saturday morning at 10:00 AM with a 4.5 mile hike, and concludes on Sunday with a 2 mile hike along the picturesque north rim of the prairie basin. The trip ends around noon on Sunday at the starting point.
The hike is limited to 20 people. Contact the Visitor Center between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM for reservations: (352) 466-4100
This hike is not recommended for children under 10. No pets permitted.
Event Start Time: 10:00 a.m. at La Chua Trail parking lot
Event End Time: Approximately 12:00 p.m.
Fees: $15.00 per person. Reservations required.
Contact: For more information, call 352-466-4100.
Directions: 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).