Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park provides many locations and 8 trails, where there is access to nature trails, wildlife viewing, hiking, and camping. It has 4 observation platforms, including a 50 foot tower near the Visitor Center, that provide an open vista. There is so much to enjoy at this state park. In one of my experiences there, I brought my bike and enjoyed the views from the nature trail and the abundant wildlife all around. It is worth the time to visit this gorgeous place.
This is one of the only state park in Florida visitors can experience wild-roaming bison and horses. There are nearly 300 species of birds, alligators, deer and many other animals. This park allows one to explore the park’s interior and observe wildlife. There is even a 50-foot high observation tower that provides panoramic views. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park covers 21,000-acres. It is located in Micanopy, Florida, south Gainesville. It is also a U.S. National Natural Landmark.