Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
We are happy to announce that the campground upgrades are nearing completion, and anticipate will be fully opened before Thanksgiving. Starting Friday October 5, 2018, select campsites will be available for walk-in occupancy for a maximum of two nights only. Reservations are open for select sites for dates after November 1, 2018.
Partial Trail Closures
La Chua Trail, Bolen Bluff Trail and Cones Dike Trail are partially closed due to high water levels. The La Chua Trail is open from the parking area to the end of the boardwalk.
Welcome to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Horses and bison roam the prairie, not just out west, but in surprisingly diverse Payne’s Prairie Preserve south of Gainesville.
Paynes Prairie is unique in many ways. Nowhere else in Florida can visitors experience wild-roaming bison and horses. Nearly 300 species of birds also frequent the park along with alligators, deer and many other animals.
The park’s eight trails, including the 16-mile paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, allows one to explore the park’s interior and observe wildlife, while a 50-foot high observation tower provides for panoramic views.
Fishing and canoeing on Lake Wauberg is popular along with a shaded campground. During a visit to Paynes Prairie, one can easily understand why Seminole Indians once occupied a village along this vast savannah.
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More than 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife and livestock, including alligators, bison, horses and nearly 300 species of birds.
Eight trails provide opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling, including the 16 mile long, paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail.
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