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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

 Photos of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Wild horse - A wild Florida Cracker horse grazes on the prairie basin.

Wild horse - A wild Florida Cracker horse grazes on the prairie basin.

Lake Gator - A lake gator in the swampy water surrounded by trees.

Lake Gator - A lake gator in the swampy water surrounded by trees.

La Chua Trail - La Chua Trail stretches well out into the prairie basin, giving the visitor a chance to experience the wonders of a wetland prairie.

La Chua Trail - La Chua Trail stretches well out into the prairie basin, giving the visitor a chance to experience the wonders of a wetland prairie.


Campers - One of fifty family campsites located in upland wooded area near Lake Wauburg.

Campers - One of fifty family campsites located in upland wooded area near Lake Wauburg.

Barred Owl - An adult Barred owl pears out from the branches of its' perch.

Barred Owl - An adult Barred owl pears out from the branches of its' perch.

Alligator on La Chua Trail - Alligators thrive along the La Chua Trail due to excellent feeding and basking opportunities.

Alligator on La Chua Trail - Alligators thrive along the La Chua Trail due to excellent feeding and basking opportunities.


Welcome Center - Paynes Prairie Preserve's Visitor Center has received recognition for its architectural uniqueness as it transcends the visitor from the shaded rim of the prairie to the vast open prairie basin.

Welcome Center - Paynes Prairie Preserve's Visitor Center has received recognition for its architectural uniqueness as it transcends the visitor from the shaded rim of the prairie to the vast open prairie basin.

Twin Palms - Two Sabal Palms back dropped by open prairie basin and a building thunderstorm.

Twin Palms - Two Sabal Palms back dropped by open prairie basin and a building thunderstorm.

Blue Heron Fishing - Knee deep in the water, this blue heron is attempting to stab a meal.

Blue Heron Fishing - Knee deep in the water, this blue heron is attempting to stab a meal.


Twin Palms - Two Sabal Palms back dropped by open prairie basin and a building thunderstorm.

Twin Palms - Two Sabal Palms back dropped by open prairie basin and a building thunderstorm.