Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

100 Savanah Blvd.
Micanopy, FL 32667- Map It
Phone: (352) 466-3397

AAA Editor Notes

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, 1 mi. n. on US 441, encompasses 21,000 acres of freshwater marsh, hammocks, pine flatwoods, swamps and ponds. More than 30 miles of trails are available, including the 16-mile Gainesville to Hawthorne State Trail. Visitor center exhibits interpret the natural and cultural history of this important ecological area. A 50-foot observation tower stands near the center of the preserve and a recreation area is at Lake Wauberg. Pets on leash are allowed only in designated areas. Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.
$6 (per private vehicle with two to eight people), $4 (motorcyclists or single-occupant private vehicle); $2 (per person arriving by bicycle or on foot). LaChua Trail $4. Bolen Bluff Trail $2.
Hours: Park open daily 8-dusk. Visitor center open daily 9-4. Ranger-led activities are available November through March by reservation. Allow 1 hour minimum.