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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Wild Horses and Trail - The horses seen on Paynes Prairie are descendents of the first horses brought to America by Spanish explorers.

Wild Horses and Trail - The horses seen on Paynes Prairie are descendents of the first horses brought to America by Spanish explorers.

Horses and Bison - Sometimes a visitor is fortunate enough to see Cracker Horses and American Bison at the same time on Paynes Prairie basin.

Horses and Bison - Sometimes a visitor is fortunate enough to see Cracker Horses and American Bison at the same time on Paynes Prairie basin.

Cranes Sunset - Sunset at Paynes Prairie often silhouettes Sandhill Cranes on the prairie basin.

Cranes Sunset - Sunset at Paynes Prairie often silhouettes Sandhill Cranes on the prairie basin.


Cracker Cattle - These long horn cracker or scrub cattle are direct descendents of cattle first brought to America by Spanish Explorers. Paynes Prairie Preserve maintains a herd of these cattle as a link to our cultural history.

Cracker Cattle - These long horn cracker or scrub cattle are direct descendents of cattle first brought to America by Spanish Explorers. Paynes Prairie Preserve maintains a herd of these cattle as a link to our cultural history.

Bison - American Bison are more commonly seen grazing in the prairie basin.

Bison - American Bison are more commonly seen grazing in the prairie basin.

Bison and Oak Tree - American Bison sometimes lounge around large oak trees.

Bison and Oak Tree - American Bison sometimes lounge around large oak trees.


Alachua Sink - The Karst Geology of Central Florida provides openings or sink holes directly into the underground aquifer. Alachua Sink is such a conduit to the Floridan Aquifer.

Alachua Sink - The Karst Geology of Central Florida provides openings or sink holes directly into the underground aquifer. Alachua Sink is such a conduit to the Floridan Aquifer.

Passion Flower - The Passion Flower exhibits a large blue flower in Summer. It prefers sandy locations.

Passion Flower - The Passion Flower exhibits a large blue flower in Summer. It prefers sandy locations.

Hawk Siblings - Red Shoulder Hawks can often be seen perched in large trees throughout the preserve.

Hawk Siblings - Red Shoulder Hawks can often be seen perched in large trees throughout the preserve.


Bison and Oak Tree - American Bison sometimes lounge around large oak trees.

Bison and Oak Tree - American Bison sometimes lounge around large oak trees.