Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy FL
100 Savannah Boulevard
Micanopy, FL 32667
Ranger Station: 352-466-3397
Visitor Ctr: 352-466-4100
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 1 pm/Check out at 1 pm.
ACCESS: Gate Code
MAPS: At Ranger Station
SITES: 35 rv/tent
PULL THRUS: No
PICNIC SHELTERS: Yes
SITE SURFACE: Shell
HOOK-UPS: Water & 30/50 Amp
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: Yes
FEATURES: Kayaking, fishing, hiking, biking, birding. Observation tower to view prairie
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park became Florida's first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Nowhere else in Florida can visitors see wild-roaming bison and horses. There are alligators, deer and nearly 300 species of birds. The Seminole Indians once occupied a village along this savannah.
The 21,000 acre savanna lies between Micanopy and Gainesville Florida and is crossed by I-75 and US 441. It is in the center of the Paynes Prairie Basin and a 'gateway site' for the Great Florida Birding Trail.
A 50-foot-high observation tower near the visitor center provides a panoramic view of the preserve. The area's natural and cultural history is explained through exhibits and an audio-visual program at the visitor center.
There are eight trails for hiking, horseback riding and bicycling including the 16-mile paved Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. Note that only electric motors are allowed in Lake Wauberg.
We camped a few nights in October 2020 in our Coachmen Beyond van. The site pictured below is the handicap site. This is an older campground but nice and private. We loved bicycling and visiting the prairie to see the wild horses and bison.
Traveling I-75 S toward Micanopy FL take exit 374
Turn left onto Co Rd 234 and travel 1.4 mi
Turn left onto US-441 N for 0.6 mi
Turn right onto Savannah Blvd