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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 is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 75 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Wildlife

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Reviews (35)
Photos (64)
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Tim Boehlein
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Hiking

Warm and buggy, the trail was easy to follow but there were long pockets with no shade. Nice views of the lake by the parking area

Joey F.
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Hiking

Back half of the trail was extremely hard to navigate. Fallen trees all over the place. Grateful for the app. That is the only way we were able to stay on the trail and get out.

Marc B.
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HikingBlowdownBugsFloodedMuddy

Went there on Christmas Day 2019 w kids. Beginning of the trail is ok but once you are by miles 2 , it starts getting pretty muddy and lot of areas are overgrown, broken trees etc... also no markers on the trail (had to constantly use the phone to ensure we stayed on the trail).

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Zachary Mersal
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Hiking

Great trail. I went counter clockwise from the trailhead only encountered one muddy patch (easily walked around, not an issue at all) and a fallen tree (same thing, easily walked around). A great sampling if central Florida hiking.

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J S
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Hiking

Very nice trail. One of the legs deeper into the hike required passing through a 12 foot wide stream. Otherwise, there is a nice transition between a some different biomes.

Dakota Messler
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Hiking

kind of a boring hike, but peaceful. chacala pond was a good spot to stop, have lunch and hang in hammocks!

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Adam Jackson
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Hiking

Nearing the trail split heading towards Chacala Pond, the trails are flooded in both directions. Probably to be expected this time of year. I'll have to add this trail onto my winter hike list to revisit.

Stacey Hinzman
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Nothing special during my hike. Not really much to see.

Jacob Rozansky
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Hiking

Love this place! Awesome old growth forest with varying terrain/views. Does get flooded sometimes just bring boots. Would also definitely recommend the primitive camping available here.

Sara Vozel
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Great place to see buffalo and wild horses!

Brian M.
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Walking

Amazing Last time we went we saw bison and the wild horses as well as ton s of alligators. Previous times have seen deer as well

George Reinhart
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Hiking

Classic Florida Hike from uplands to wetlands.

Hannah Chelgren
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Stunning wildlife! This place is one of my absolute favorites!

s. h.
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Hiking

Great starting point for tourists interested in exploring Florida wildlife. There is an easy trail called La Chua trail which is simple, flat, and straightforward with a marked path. There are gators in the swamps which are easily viewed from the trail. We went early in the AM (the park opens at 8:30AM).... we saw gators, all kinds of wild birds (like cranes), frogs, and some horses, and plenty of beautiful floral and fauna around the trail. The trail is about 1 mile long. I advise going early if you want to avoid too many tourists around.

Ben Hammer
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Just moved here from the super dog friendly town of Carolina Beach, NC and this preserve is what I needed to relax. My dog Griffin and I recently hiked the Appalachian Trail and were itching to get out and these trails did the trick. The "fire lines" which aren't trails but beach off from them are quite beautiful and not so maintained which make them perfect for us. All in all great trails for the dog oriented human.

Michelle Garber
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Nice park, we saw the wild horses, that was pretty cool. Lots of trails, mostly flat, feels like you are in the jungle.

Alia Richards
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mike rose
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Ernest Macomber
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Horseback riding
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Alyssa D.
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Hiking
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Ernest Macomber
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Hiking
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Ernest Macomber
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Pedro Moraes
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Peter Bonk
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Erin Yepis
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Hiking
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Cedric Canovas
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Eric Long
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