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Best trails in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Florida? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, kid friendly trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park ranging from 1.7 to 6.2 miles and from 62 to 101 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located in Micanopy, Florida, south of Gainesville. The park has eight trails providing opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling. Visitors have the opportunity to view wildlife such as wild-roaming bison and horses. Ranger-led activities are offered on weekends, November through April. Fishing on Lake Wauberg is allowed and a boat ramp provides access for canoes and boats with electric motors. Gasoline powered boats are not allowed. Full-facility campsites are available for overnight visitors. Fees $6 per vehicle
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Map of trails in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Mailing address
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Boulevard
Micanopy, FL 32667
Contact
(352) 466-3397
Top trails (6)
#1 - La Chua Trail
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
LaChua Trail is 3 miles round-trip from the North Rim of the Prairie to an observation tower. This trail provides scenic views of wet-prairie and marsh habitat including Alachua Sink and Alachua LakeShow more
#2 - Bolen Bluff Trail
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
A beautiful hike that takes you from the hardwood forest, through a palm hammock and out onto Paynes Prairie where you may encounter wild horses, alligators, and even bison. Show more
#3 - Chacala Trail And Jackson's Gap Trail Loop
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 49 m
Chacala Trail And Jackson's Gap Trail Loop is a 2 mile loop trail located near Micanopy, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#4 - Paynes Prairie Loop Trail
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Paynes Prairie Loop Trail is a 6.2 mile loop trail located near Micanopy, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and bird watching and iShow more
#5 - Jacksons Gap, Lake Trail Loop
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
I hike through multiple trails forming a large loop that included Lake Trail and the observation tower. Show more
#6 - Paynes Prairie Preserve Lake Trail
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 42 m
Brief scenic trail along Lake Wauberg, abundant with wildlife including deer, turkeys, bobcats, & alligators. Show more