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This 21,000-acre preserve is among the most significant natural and historic areas in Florida. In 1774, noted artist and naturalist, William Bartram wrote a detailed description of this area. He called it the "great Alachua Savannah."

Within this national landmark, twenty distinct biological communities such as wet prairie, pine flatwoods, hammocks, swamp and ponds, provide a rich array of habitats for animal life.

Most of the animal life he described still abounds here today, including sandhill cranes, eagles, hawks, waterfowl, wading birds, alligators and otters.

Recreational activities include bicycling, camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking trails and horseback trails. A boat ramp is available for canoes, sailboats and boats using electric motors only.

A visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Several exhibits and an audio-visual program interpret the natural and cultural history of the preserve. Ranger-led hikes are offered on

Paynes Prairie State Preserve is located 10 miles south of Gainesville on US 441 at Micanopy.

For more information, contact:
Paynes Prairie State Preserve
100 Savannah Blvd.
Micanopy, FL 32667
(352) 466-3397

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