Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

     


Micanopy, Florida
Phone: (352) 466-3397

Sites: 48
Avg. Rate: $17

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Latitude: 29.51929
Longitude: -82.298245

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 11
  • Good 18
  • Average 2
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

31 Reviews

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Bob & Stephanie

Review Count: 113
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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BigPa

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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JimSC

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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budolemiss

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: 87
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: 93
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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go2fish

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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Lindaosm

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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FL Camper

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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: - $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: 1

Date of Stay: - $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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judeebug

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice park. It has nice paved and unpaved roads for bike riding and hiking. Majority of the sites are large with privacy foliage between each. The bathhouse was clean with large shower and enclosed changing areas. The changing area had a bench, a shelf, and several hooks (love that!). The rangers were very friendly and helpful. There is a nice visitor center and observation tower. If you are lucky you can see wild horses and bison from the tower. We saw one horse and one bison in four days time. There is a small boardwalk overlooking the lake where we saw alligators (adults and babies), Water Moccasins, small and large turtles, and several species of water birds. We also saw many deer throughout the park, some of them were still spotted fawns. The only downside was the numerous biting yellow deer flies and ticks. We will return to the park, but at a different time of year to avoid the fly and tick season. The nearby Florida Museum of Natural History and the Butterfly Rainforest, located on the UF campus, are well worth drive, especially the Butterfly Rainforest. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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