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Tammi H
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Hiking

Nice views of the prairie.

Duane Helle
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Hiking

After getting buffaloed by the buffaloes on Bolin Bluff trail, we went to the main entrance and did this trail. It's really part Jackson Gap trail ,part lake trail ,with a cross through the campground parking lot . We did see a deer,much less intimidating than the buffalo at Bolin Bluff. It was partially flooded and probably will be the rest of the summer so we were actually on the road for awhile. Still it was a nice hike.

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Gina Porldies
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HikingMuddyNo shade
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Haley Sater
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Hiking

Wonderful boardwalk trail that leads into the grass and takes you deep into Payne’s Prairie. You’ll definitely see different species of birds, probably gators, sometimes horses, boars and buffalo. It’s my favorite trail in Gainesville.

Jason Boole
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Hiking

After the first corner there is a spot with water on both sides of the trail. We saw one mother and 5 baby alligators.

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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

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

Heather Tomeo
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HikingFee

Nice little 2 mile trail. Take a picture of map or grab one because there a quiet a few trails/roads that connect to actual trail. You can make this almost 6 miles if you go the wrong way. My kids rode bikes and adults hiked with dogs. There are spots that are very sandy that kids had to walk bikes through, but otherwise it was a fairly nice ride for them. Few wet spots so after rain might be a bit soft in areas. It was an overcast day so no sun, but I think on a sunny day it would still offer some shade. We encountered a ton of yellow flies and the dogs were covered in seedling ticks despite being sprayed before we started.

Byron McCoy
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Hiking

Last third closed

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Paula Barber
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HikingBugsFeeFloodedNo shade
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Jessica Lowe
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HikingFee

My son and I loved it. It was hot, and the last little bit of the trail was closed off, but it was beautiful and we got to see a ton of alligators. We'll definitely be going again.

Karolyn Burns
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HikingFee

It’s $4 to get in with one person in the car or $6 for a group and it’ll be the best $6 you ever spend. It’s not too buggy for Florida, and the observation tower has such an amazing view! Where else in Florida do you get to see so much open space?

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Kathryn Marks
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Hiking

I really enjoyed this hike. While I was disappointed to not see the bison or horse herds, that's what happens when you are on a 30K+ acre preserve. :) I will say that the bend in the trail at the 2ish mile mark was very unclear. I actually ended up going completely off trail for a good 10 minutes before I realized it was probably not the trail. When I retraced my steps I realized that yes there was a path, but whether due to animal migration or truck/vehicle traffic, the path I had accidentally wandered onto was much more clearly marked than the actual trail. Saw a gator, several bird species, and a really nice diversity of landscape. Will definitely come back in hopes of seeing the bison herd next time and checking out all the other trails in this park.

Henry Greist
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Mountain biking

Blue and Yellow trails in great condition.

Sherylee Crowley
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Hiking

Awesome day to recharge. Saw deer, owls, and gators. Also kept social distancing!

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Jessi Dery
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Hiking

White Loop- great condition

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Ms. K.
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

This little park is an okay hike but the trails are difficult on my dog’s feet, mostly scrubby and washed out with soft sand in a few places. A lot of the trail markers are snapped off at the base, and my dog and I got pretty turned around because there’s really no markers. The terrain is very open and pretty unremarkable. The sound from I-75 is constant. This isn’t a bad trail, just not as wonderful as so many others in this area. It WAS completely unpopulated and we were out alone this fine morning so, that makes it a four star trail in my book.

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.

Buddy Parmer
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Horseback riding

great place to ride

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Derek R
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Mountain biking

Nice riding in the parts of the trail that aren’t shared with horses. The shared trails were like biking over rumble strips, so that took away from the pleasantness a bit. Definitely more on the milder side when compared to most trails in the San Felasco region. Saw some wild hogs, which isn’t to be unexpected for more rural trails in the area, and the “lookout” was a good spot to sit and reflect for a little bit. The trees block a bit of the view but still a nice view. Overall, a good adventure with only 3 other people spotted over the course of time I was out there. That was the best part.

Jeanne Thompson
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Horseback riding

many trees down, had to take alternate perimeter trail that has been cut.

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AllTrails Bsauce17
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HikingFeeMuddy

Great trail, pretty muddy in some spots. If you plan on extending your hike and following other trails make sure you bring a map and or gps. There are a lot of trees down along the trail which I’m assuming have trail markers on them, most are easy to get over or can go around, but there were two different trails my dog and I had to climb over trees but still had to go back because we could not find the trail. Over all nice experience but park maintenance needs to do a little work on the trails. 4$ per person to enter park, worth it.

Oren Sheinman
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Bird Watching

Great trail, easy access, unique birds including snail kites. Lots of alligators and many species of birds to I observe

Shonie Seto
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Feb 09 2020
HikingFeeFloodedNo shade

I had an amazing time. The trail was short due to it being particularly closed (flooding). It was still breath taking. Was also a nice and easy walk too. I would suggest going on a day that isn’t extreme hot because there isn’t much shade. We saw a lot of gators not far from the walking path so be careful if you bring dogs or small children. The big gator was less than two feet from the walking path. I really enjoyed my time here and would recommend it if you want to do a smarter walk.

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