Park Manager's Message

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Park Manager Donald Forgione

Thank you for visiting our website.  The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail provides a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy cycling, walking, roller blading, or horseback riding through a variety of plant communities full of Florida history.  If you see a volunteer, thank them for their efforts in all aspects of our operation.  We truly could not provide the level of visitor service that we do without them.

Pick up a self-guided tour brochure from one of our kiosks or the Payne's Prairie Visitor Center, or listen to one of our cell phone tour stops.  Learn more or download a guide to area cell phone tour stops at Dial and Discover

Payne's Prairie is centrally located and easy driving distance (approximately one hour) to Stephen Foster, Ichetucknee Springs, Rainbow Springs, O'leno, 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.  For more information, please visit Friends of Paynes Prairie or call the Ranger Station at 352-466-3397.

Donald Forgione, Park Manager

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Gainesville Hawthorne State Trail

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