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Micanopy, Florida

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Micanopy, Florida


100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, Florida 32667
Phone: (352) 466-3397

Sites: 48
Recent Rate: $9 4/2017

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Latitude: 29.51929
Longitude: -82.298245
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

38 Reviews

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed two days in 27 foot motorhome with tow car in site 46. Campground was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting something sunny and found it located in a beautiful shady oak hammock. Spaces were fairly far apart and there was some vegetation between most of the sites. Huge park. Drove to north end to walk the trail into the middle of the preserve. Hot and sunny and no shade. Interesting and informative interpretive signs. Bison and horses far away in the distance. More alligators then I have seen in one place in Florida -- including a 10 foot one sunning himself in the middle of the trail -- and I've canoed camped and lived in Florida since the 50s so that is saying something. My site -- and some others -- required leveling blocks. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
46
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Our site was fine but an adjoining site backed into ours, so privacy was non existent. Its a quiet park & would stay again & again. Level site. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great campground. Clean & well paved walking trail. Fun to ride bikes.

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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

Some great hiking and biking trails on this very large state park. We have driven across this prairie on I-75 for decades but finally stopped to see what was there. A lot! They are trying to restore the prairie to its its pre-developement days of the late 1800's. They have a beautiful new visitors center. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
40
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Natural History Museum in nearby University of FL.

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Lot of shade and privacy in level dirt sites. Facilities and campground area are kept clean. Plenty to do here both locally and just a short drive away to other trails. Saw lot of wildlife and plant life. The staff is great. Good park for families and hikers. Has good tenting area. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Make sure you visit the Observation Tower and Visitor Center at the end of Savannah Blvd in the park. While in the area, go to Devil's Millhopper State Park for a great view of a rare conical sinkhole on NW side corner of Gainesville. Also, go to La Chua Trail , SW corner of Gainesville and Bolen Bluff Trail, north of campground on Hwy 441, for more hiking and wildlife.

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Quiet, wooded campground with good spacing between sites for privacy and plenty of room for slideouts. Crushed gravel roads and pads, free of low branches and fairly level. Picnic tables are solid but old and sites have fire pits and steel arm to hang food off of ground. Restrooms are very clean and showers have shelves, pegs and benches. Mosquitoes were not "fierce" but persistent, so bring repellent. During our stay they struggled with a problem that caused several losses of power, but power company arrived quickly. Also it seemed that water pressure was very low (may be related to the power problem). The Visitor Center is open and has a bucolic film of the SP. There are several trails in the park for walking. Some allow horses and bicycles. Picnic area and lake with boat ramp. The park is very peaceful and enjoyable! We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Site 7
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Gainesville is about 20 minutes away and the 16-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne Rail-Trail is paved, wide, and a short drive from the SP.

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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

The narrow campground road is paved but sites are not. Big rigs should go slow & use extreme caution due to heavy vegetation overhang. Sites are dirt/sand base and very messy. Lots of vegetation between sites and lots of bugs, especially biting flies. Bring repellant. Bathrooms are older but kept very clean. We could get 2 TV stations and satellite would not work as it was too wooded. Restrooms were dated but clean. Very woodsy campground and was great for overnight. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     
Tips for other Campers:

There is a nice cement walk path from the campground to a picnic area.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Very shady sites with lots of greenery between sites. Site 6 was flat. You can't really see wildlife unless you walk the trails. Visitors Center is closed but temp trailer is open with information. Tower near visitors center is nice but not much seen - a few horses. Code for gate - push button so no getting out of car. Some people saw bison near one trail. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Sweetwater Park was better for seeing wild life. Blue Highway Pizza was very good.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

The park has a lot of hiking trails that vary from 1 or more miles long to 1/2 mile. The sites are very private and are adequate in size. My spot was a little tight to back into with my 33' trailer and crew cab pickup. They have a grill and picnic table. No sewer hookup. Road within the park are nice. I would have given it a better rating if it had a store within the campground, but if you want ice or other items, you have to leave the park. The Visitor's Center is great and they have a 50' tower that you can climb to look out over the prairie. The park also has a second entrance that allows you to hike out on to the prairie. We saw numerous species of birds and a lot of alligators. There are no barriers between you and the gators, so be careful. They have wild horses and bison, but we did not see them while we were there, probably stayed in the shade. The park is just south of Gainesville, Florida and an hour from several parks that have springs. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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Review Count: 172
States Visited: 44
Helpful Reviews: 35

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice state park, heavily wooded. Big rig access is tight but doable although some might disagree. Our particular site was not level and required repositioning to attempt to find a level spot. Mosquitoes were an issue on this visit, bring plenty of repellant. Park has great areas to bike ride and also has lake access. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 102
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice quiet park. Good size sites for a state park. The staff is functional and not much help. The help center volunteers try real hard, but do not know much. The good bicycle trail is 10 miles away at the other end of the preserve. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Shady sites with native vegetation screening between neighbors. Ours was one of the sites upgraded to 50 amp service, a nice plus. Lots of hiking & biking trails. Close to I-75 but no traffic noise. Not far from Gainesville so good Verizon & OTA TV signals. Bargain price for what you get. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: January, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was selected due to the National Geographic State Parks books. We arrived at night after a storm had knocked out the electricity. The camping sites are very close together. The road signs into the campground are hard to see after dark. Very small and almost hidden. The ranger was very helpful. This is an older campground that is not as updated as some of the other Florida State Parks. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 151
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 42

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here to visit family in Gainesville. Speaking only to the issues of the campground, not one of the better Florida State Park campgrounds. Entry roads, turns, sites and trees are not especially big rig friendly and might be more suited to pop-up trailers or tents. The trees and bushes around the campground roads need trimming. The road is paved but needs repaving. The sites are sand and rock. Hookups were OK and restrooms were dated but clean. Our rate was Senior Florida Resident. We would stay again if in the area, but only because it is the only place in that area. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice State Park. There are many trees which can make it a challenge to back into a site. Lots of good trails for biking and hiking.It is very convenient to Gainesville for shopping, dining and sightseeing. There is a lake in the park for fishing, kayaking and rowing. We stayed here twice and would stay again. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 128
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Off I-75 about 5 miles. Closely spaced dirt sites with brush clutter between. Bathhouse O.K. Paved road to nature center giving history and geology of prairie, with observation tower overlooking Paynes prairie. There is a boat put in. Several nature trails. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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