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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

 
100 Savannah Boulevard Micanopy, FL 32667
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Paynes Prairie is biologically, geologically and historically unique. This park became Florida┬┤s first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Noted artist and naturalist William Bartram called it the great Alachua Savannah when he wrote about his visit to the prairie in 1774.

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Feb. 3, 2013, 12:13 p.m. - Josh N permalink
Cool place with a ton of stuff to see.
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June 18, 2012, 7:16 a.m. - Eddie permalink
Peaceful! Great sites for camping. A nice trail out to the prairie. They have bison and horses out there.
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A Gainesville History Tour - FL

Tours of historic homes provide a look at the struggles and successes of past generations. Visit a working century farm and the homestead of a famous author. Gainesville features many places for lodging and restaurants.   DAY ONE: Dudley Farm Historic State Park is an authentic working farm demonstrating the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid- 1940s. The homestead consists of 18 buildings, including an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and a functional cane syrup complex complete with park staff completing daily chores. This park is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday (it is closed Monday and Tuesday).   DAY TWO: Walk back in time to the 1930;s where Pulitzer-prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings lived, worked and wrote her novel, the Yearling. Designated a National Historic Landmark, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, has been restored and preserved with picnic facilities and playgrounds are nearby. Tours are available October - July, Thursday-Sunday.   BONUS TIP: Go to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy for camping overnight. Explore the Visitor Center's exhibits and audio-visual program on the great Alachua Savanna and climb the observation tower for a look at the prairie.
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