One of the best times to visit Paynes Creek Historic State Park is winter. The air is drier, the river is usually a great level for paddling, the trails are dry and there are awesome opportunities for great photos! If you are looking for a great daytime getaway, the trip here is worth it. We have trails that lead you along the Peace River and Paynes Creek, trails that lead you to higher, pine...
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Paynes Creek Historic State Park
Welcome to Paynes Creek Historic State Park
During the 1840s, tensions between the settlers and Seminole Indians prompted authorities to establish a trading post in Florida´s interior, away from settlements. Built in early 1849, the post was attacked and destroyed by renegade Indians that summer. In late 1849 Fort Chokonikla was built nearby as the first outpost in a chain of forts established to control the Seminoles. The Seminoles never attacked the fort, but the Army was nearly defeated by mosquitoes. Today, nature enthusiasts and hikers can enjoy walking along trails through the park´s natural areas. Paynes Creek and the adjoining Peace River provide opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. A museum at the visitor center depicts the lives of Florida´s Seminole Indians and pioneers during the 19th century. The visitor center is open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday.