Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

 

 

 

 

Wild horses and Buffalo graze on the prairie located at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park at 100 Savannah Road in Micanopy. Named after King Payne the Seminole Chief and dedicated a National Natural Landmark. Climb the 50-foot observation tower stopping halfway and looking outward to watch the animals as they graze. Be aware of wildlife crossings as you drive down the road to the Visitor Center.

Walk along the paved trails that surround the Visitor Center or hike through the many trails surrounded by different species of plants and animals. Bring a picnic lunch and sit on the ledge behind the Visitor Center while looking out at the prairie.

Watch a film in the Visitor Center about the prairie and the different species of wildlife. A timeline of early tribes, early settlers, and places. The Bobcat is elusive and alligators that live in marshes and other freshwater environments of Florida over 1 million strong.

Browse in the gift shop for t-shirts, and postcards. Books on eco-trips in Florida, Florida’s Indians, birds and snakes. Drive along a byway; visit a small town in “Best Backroads of Florida.”

I recommend the park but call the Visitor Center for hours of operation. Park hours and admission prices on the website.

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