Getting Outdoors: Paynes Prairie

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With the weather getting nice outdoors we thought we would give you an idea of something spectacular to get out and see in our area.  Paynes Prairie is a treasure right here in our backyard, which is also Florida’s first state preserve.

Paynes Prairie is teeming with wildlife and visitors will see some type of wildlife while they are there.  There are wild bison and horses throughout the park, as well as hundreds of species of native and migrating birds, alligators (lots of alligators), deer, bobcats, rabbits, and other animals.

The park’s eight trails, including the 16-mile paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, allows one to explore the park’s interior and observe wildlife, while a 50-foot high observation tower provides for panoramic views.

The Seminole Indians once occupied a village along this vast savannah due to the diversity of land.  And, the prairie has some beautiful vistas. You and your family will really enjoy getting out there and exploring.  Due to the abundance of wildlife at the park, pets are not permitted in many locations.

https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park

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