Prairie Paynes Loop Trail Gainesville

Between Micanopy and Gainesville, the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park protects a massive natural basin. One of the best trails. for hiking in Florida, get ready to enjoy the “great Alachua Savannah.”

Prairie Paynes Loop Trail Gainesville
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Here, bison and wild horses roam free in the state’s largest grassland at 22,000 acres. At times, the fields are covered in wildflowers. In the wet season, the prairie may become a massive lake.

If it’s your first time, visit the South Rim first. From here, the Wacahoota Trail takes you through a hardwood hammock with gorgeous Southern magnolias. From the top of the observation tower, you can watch the wild horses and bison graze.

Head back to the picnic area near the visitor center to find the Cones Dike Trail. Here you’ll ramble about the open savanna. This is a perfect place to see wild alligators sunning themselves on the banks of the dike.

Eventually, you’ll connect with the Chacala Trail, perfect for a day hike. Also open to cyclists and equestrians, you’ll enjoy the uplands as the trail loops back around to the visitor center where you started your journey.