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Paynes Praire State Park

Micanopy, Florida

Contact Information
100 Savannah Blvd.
Micanopy, 32667
(352) 466-3397

Reservation Information: 1-800-326-3521

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Driving Directions
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

From I-75 north: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

From I-75 south: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go about 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Hours of Operation
Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

A visitor center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Several exhibits and an audio-visual program interpret the natural and cultural history of the preserve.

Park Activities

Bicycling, Boat Ramp, Full Camping, Canoeing, Fishing, Horse Trails, Nature Trails, Picnicking, RV Camping, Visitor Center and Wildlife Viewing

Please visit our Nature Trails web page!

Boat Ramp
A boat ramp is available for canoes, sailboats and boats using electric motors only.

Full Facility Camping
NOTE: Pets are not allowed in camping areas

Full Facility Camping is available for tents, trailers or motorized vehicles up to 40' long. The tent sites are walk-in sites a short distant from the parking area. Each site has a lantern post and picnic table with nearby water and electric service.

Fishing
Fishing is permitted on Lake Wauberg, an approximately 300-acre lake. Bass, bream, and speckled perch are regularly caught species. Areas for fishing along the bank are limited. Access to the lake is available via the park's boat ramp. The use of gasoline-powered engines is prohibited.

Picnicking
Picnic tables are located throughout the park. Barbecue grills are located at the Lake Picnic Area as well as by the covered pavilions. For a fee, the covered pavilions may be reserved in advance.

RVs
Camping is available for RV's, trailers or motorized vehicles up to 40' long. Please see the information under "Full Facility Camping" for more information.

Visitor Center
A visitor center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Sunday. Several exhibits and an audio-visual program interpret the natural and cultural history of the preserve.

Nature Trails of Paynes Prairie