Micanopy, Florida

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Micanopy, Florida



Micanopy, Florida
Phone: (352) 466-3397

Sites: 48
Recent Rate: $18 5/2015

Latitude: 29.51929
Longitude: -82.298245

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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 no
  • $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 ?
  • 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
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • 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
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • 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 ?
  • 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 no
  • 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

30 Reviews

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Cairo Camper

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

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.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Bob & Stephanie

Review Count: 124
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 14

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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JimSC

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 2

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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BigPa

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

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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budolemiss

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 4

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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R&S

Review Count: 122
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 14

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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June from Savann ahb

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

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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210jem

Review Count: 102
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 9

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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johnandwendee

Review Count: 79
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is more like a camping park than a RV Park. It has excellent sites and is completely shaded. The hiking/biking trails are great as is the nearby town of Micanopy. The Nature Center was unexpectedly closed when we visited it. The observation tower gives a great view of a huge prairie but we saw no wildlife from it. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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A hitch and hop

Review Count: 69
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Just want to reaffirm previous reviews and stress that this park has the cleanest and best maintained bath houses for a state park that I have used. Nice mornings, "Hot" PM's. We will be back to stay for a few days in the fall. Rates reflect senior Florida resident. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Lindaosm

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Great State Park. Easy to get into spots with plenty of shade and trees/shrubs for privacy. We stayed in #14 and it was great. We biked on all the trails and really enjoyed them. The dike trail was long and not much shade but we left early. We had bison that crossed right in front of us and headed away from us (thankfully). We did not visit the Visitor Center as we had been there before. Saw lots of deer on day 2 on our bike ride. We were surprised the park was not full especially since we'd tried to get reservations several different times. Close to home so we will probably come again. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Diane Yeager

Review Count: 126
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate we paid reflects Florida resident senior, which is 1/2 price. Sites are well shaded and separated by vegetation. Lots of squirrels, but they are not aggressive. On our walk we saw deer and other wildlife. There are plenty of trails for hikers and a boat ramp for kayaks or canoes. Pleasant for Florida summer. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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FL Camper

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in site #17. We chose this site because we have visited the park before on a rainy weekend and noted what sites drained off quickly and which ones did not. I mention this because all the sites are hard limestone and if you have one of our FL showers and do not pick your site well you could have a pond for several days in your site. It did not rain on us this visit, so all was good. Sites are very shady, most are wide. About 1/2 have tent pads in them so if your RV is long do not choose one of these sites. There was no ranger talk even though it showed on the website. Luckily we were with a group so did not miss it. Baths were clean but old. Nice shower area with plenty of room so your things would not get wet. We toured the nearby Museum of Natural History in GNV as well as the zoo on the campus of Santa Fe CC. Both were well worth the visits. We only went up the observation tower once and were able to see the wild horses nearby, but no bison. This is a great park, just book early during football weekends for home games as U of F is so close by. Town of Micanopy is very quaint and reminds us of Old Florida. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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rvinglynda

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent Roads, very shady sites, unable to get satellite, but received local network channel, both AT&T and Verizon service. The park was a beautiful state preserve with a herd of bison, wild horses and cows, lots of wildlife. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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KayLar

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Our third visit here. In 3 nights and 2 days, without trying, we saw 9 deer plus 2 spotted fawns that hang out near the visitor center, 2 turkeys and many types of birds. Every site here is good, restrooms and showers are clean, and woods are beautiful. We stayed in the Magnolia area on site 40. Some of the sites 38 to 46 could be a problem in a heavy rain as they slope a bit downhill from the road. Do visit the visitor center and take the short walk to the 50' observation tower. We did not see the wild Spanish horses or the wild bison but did not hike or ride any of the prairie trails. There are several long and short trails in the park. We did see many deer and on a previous visit, had to wait while a 4' gator crossed the road (To get to the other side?). While there, we took short side trips to Micanopy (Antique heaven and where they filmed part of the movie "Doc Hollywood") , to the Museums of Art and of Natural History in Gainesville. Micanopy is about 5 minutes and the museums are about 20 minutes from the park. Take US 441 North, not I-75 for the most scenic and shortest route to Gainesville. A great place, not over-crowded, friendly personnel, clean and very shady, good hiking. What more could your want? We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

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