Paynes Prairie State Park

100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, Florida 32667 USA

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“Florida´s first state preserve”

Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically and historically unique. This park became Florida´s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774. 

More than 20 distinct biological communities provide a rich array of habitats for wildlife and livestock, including alligators, bison, horses and more than 270 species of birds. Exhibits and an audio-visual program at the visitor center explain the area´s natural and cultural history. A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve. 

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December 30, 2013

There's a nice stopping point along 441 where you can park and walk out on a wooden lookout. Clearly labeled with a sign from both directions, and a really fun sight!

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Paynes Prairie State Park

100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, Florida
32667 USA

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