We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 100 Savannah Blvd., Micanopy, FL 32667
Phone Number:
+1 352-466-3397
Website
Today
09:00 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Description:

Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center...

Nature area with woods and swamp as well as an information center describing the wildlife in the area.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 183 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Fun long walk with nature

We did the LA Chua trail, which was 3 miles total (out and back). We saw a lot of gators, a few wild horses, many cranes and bison at the end from the observation deck. It was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Jeff A
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

183 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 179: English reviews
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the LA Chua trail, which was 3 miles total (out and back). We saw a lot of gators, a few wild horses, many cranes and bison at the end from the observation deck. It was very busy, but a fun outing. There are parts where the trail is 3 people wide, and there are gators sunning on the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jeff A
Sao Paulo, SP
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place was taken by hordes of alligators and cranes! I hadn't seen as many as at the time of my visit. We also saw herons, ibises and horses. The sunset was astonishing. So much worth the time spent there!

Helpful?
2 Thank LIpsilon
Ohio
Level Contributor
27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Peaceful, Love the spanish moss draped on the trees. enjoyed the observation tower. Did not bring binoculars....Would make it more interesting. Took a short hide. Beautiful lake. enjoyed reading about William Bartram's visit in 1774.

Helpful?
1 Thank JenE7
Shipley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We only learnt of this place the week before we visited it while we were making our annual trip to Blue Spring and talking to one of the rangers. It is beautiful, quiet and remote. The serenity and tranquility take your breath away. And though we saw very little in the way of animals, apart from two squirrels and possibly... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Phil H
Level Contributor
539 reviews
242 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We first stopped in the Visitor Center for an orientation, including the movie of the area which was worth the time. Then we walked the Lachua Trail, not once but twice since it was so fascinating. The trail is wide open so it's better to hike in the morning or just before close and remember to bring water. We saw... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Feenixwest
Mims
Level Contributor
76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed here on gator game day. This is a peaceful park with nice wooded sites. We stayed in a back-in site with electric hook up. The staff was friendly and helpful. The park was very clean. Camp sites are about a mile from front gate.

Helpful?
1 Thank Sonya C
Level Contributor
284 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We went to the visitor center basically for orientation. Since the observation tower is almost behind it, we went their first, took the climb to get an overview of the area. Don't forget your binoculars. Afterward, there are a number of trails we opted for the Cones Dike trail, which is an 8.25 mile round-trip hike from the Visitor Center... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank GeorgeO1
Florida
Level Contributor
39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We visited the Preserve for just one night, to test out our new SUV and camping equipment. The camp sites were amazing...well laid out, level, "paved" with loose rock, picnic table, fire pit, plus water and electricity hook ups at each designated for RVs or trailers. Clean, hot shower/toilet facilities conveniently located. Quiet even though many of the sites were... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Sandtom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Loved the lookout tower! My wife and I spent a few hours just hiking the trails and observing the natural environment

Helpful?
1 Thank Samuel D
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Level Contributor
343 reviews
207 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This park has some of the most diverse wildlife. We went to the visitor’s center and watched one of the videos about the park and read about the preserve. Bring a strong set of binoculars to the observation tower which is a short distance from the visitor’s center. There are some trails around the visitor’s center but you will need... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank FrequentTraveler696

Travellers who viewed Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park also viewed

 

Been to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and other visitors
9 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (9)

Questions? Get answers from Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?