Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy is popular with visitors, and for good reason. It's known for its recreational opportunities, abundance of wildlife and unspoiled natural beauty. A 50-foot observation tower allows visitors to get a bird's eye view of the property. Numerous trails allow for biking, hiking and horseback riding.
Events at the park, like the Rim Ramble hike coming up Feb. 16, invite the public to get closer to nature and explore the land that has so many visitors coming back time and time again.
The hike is between three and four miles long and will teach participants about the park's history and its plants and animals. Hikers will meet at 8 a.m. at the La Chua trailhead to begin the walk, which winds around the rim of the prairie basin.
For more information about the park, visit www.floridastateparks.org/paynesprairie. To sign up for the hike, call (352) 466-4966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost is $2 per person; space is limited.