Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774. More than 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife and livestock, including alligators, bison, horses and more than 270 species of birds. Exhibits and an audio-visual program at the visitor center explain the area´s natural and cultural history. A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve.

Amenities

Activities

Bicycling, Birding, Canoeing, Hiking, Water Recreation

Amenities

Campfire Activities, Campfires Permitted, Dump Station, Elec. 30 Amp, Elec. 50 Amp, Grills, Number of Sites: 46, Picnic Area, Showers

Disabled Traveler Information

ADA Bathhouses, ADA Compliant, ADA Information, ADA Picnic Tables, Handicapped Parking

Fishing Type

Freshwater Fishing