Bumble bee on passion flower
Seminole Exhibit
Prescribed fire at Paynes Creek
Green tree frog from Paynes Creek
Payne & Whiddon Monument at Paynes Creek
US Soldiers stand at attention during Fort Chokonikla Encampment
Park ranger giving interpretive program at Paynes Creek
Brown water snake (Nerodia taxispilota) from Paynes Creek
Bumble bee on passion flower at Paynes Creek
Seminole Exhibit
Prescribed fire at Paynes Creek
Green tree frog from Paynes Creek
Payne & Whiddon Monument at Paynes Creek
US Army Reenactors during Fort Chokonikla Encampment
Ranger cultural program
Nerodia taxispilota

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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.

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