Welcome - returning customer? Sign In
New customer?Sign Up
Help...

Find Campsites

 
Attention: The Visitor Center observation tower is closed for repairs effective 01/28/14. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please call the Ranger Station for updates at (352) 466-3397.

PAYNES PRAIRIE SP, FL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon Sep 21 2015   Later Dates
46 site(s) found

Description

This 22,000-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, calling it the "great Alachua Savannah." The park offers hiking, bird watching, fishing, camping, picnicking, and bicycling. Natural and cultural exhibits are located in the visitors center.

For further information on this campground, please go to click here


Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Accessible Hiking Trails
  • Accessible Picnic Area
  • Ada Accessible Restroom
  • Amphitheater
  • Backpack Overnight Trails
  • Bank Fishing
  • Barrier-Free Facilities
  • Bbq Grill
  • Benches
  • Bike Riding
  • Bike Trail
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boardwalk
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boat Trailer Park Lot
  • Campground Host
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Covered Group Structure
  • Dumpstation
  • Electric Hook Ups
  • Equestrian Area
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Flushing Toilet
  • Gatehouse
  • Gift Shop
  • Grills
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Group Grill
  • Group Picnic Shelters
  • Group Shelter
  • Guided Interpretive Hikes
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Hitching Rails
  • Horse Camp Facility
  • Horse Trail
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Showers
  • Information Station
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Interpretive Sites
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Lantern Posts
  • Nature Programs
  • Nature Trails
  • Nature Viewing Area
  • Observation Tower
  • Overlook
  • Parking
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Pavilion
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicing
  • Playground
  • Potable Water
  • Pressurized Water
  • Programs
  • Recycling Center
  • Restroom
  • Rv Park
  • Sailing
  • Scenery
  • Security Lights
  • Separate Tent Area
  • Showers
  • Site Pads
  • Star Gazing
  • Swings
  • Table
  • Trailer Parking
  • Trailhead
  • Trails
  • Trash Dumpsters
  • Visitors Center
  • Water Faucets
  • Water Fountains
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing Platform
Within 10 Miles
  • Bait
  • Boating
  • Cabin Rental
  • Cafe
  • Church Services
  • Concerts
  • Convenience Store
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Float Trip
  • Golf
  • Golf Course
  • Grocery
  • Historic Micanopy
  • Hospitals/Emergency clinics
  • Laundry
  • Marjorie Rawlings House
  • Medical Facility
  • Post Office
  • Proximity to UF
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Restaurant
  • Sightseeing
  • Small Store
Alerts and Important Information
The park gates close at sunset. If you plan to arrive late please contact the park prior to 5 PM on the day of your arrival.

No collecting of firewood.
Camping gear must be placed in designated areas only.
No hanging nor tying of anything on vegetation.
All sites have a picnic table and ground grill.

Pets are allowed in family camping areas overnight.

  • Pets are welcome overnight in all the camping parks. Pet rules apply. Domestic breeds of dogs, except guide or signal dogs or animals trained to assist individuals with a disability, cats, fur-bearing animals, birds and reptiles are not allowed in food-service areas, cabins or cabin areas, primitive campgrounds, either land and water portions, park buildings, playgrounds, and areas designated by park management. Captive wild species, whether native or non-native, and barnyard animals, except horses, are not allowed.
  • Pets must be well behaved at all times and confined in the owners camping unit during quiet hours. Unconfined pets may not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes and must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long. Please do not tie pets to park vegetation, natural or manmade structures or facilities. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all droppings in trash receptacles. Pets are required to be vaccinated. Horse owners and users will be asked to show their certificate of a current negative Coggins Test for all horses entering the park.
  • A pet that is noisy, disturbing, intimidating or dangerous to other people or pets, or which damages park resources, will not be allowed to remain in the park.

  • If you intend on using a tent then you will need to select a site with a tent pad, or drive a tent stake through Lime Stone.

    Campsites 19 thru 33 are walk in tent camping only sites. Vehicles must be left in the parking area and all items carried in and out of the campsite (up to 250 feet from parking area).

    Sites 001, 003, 008, 011, 015, 037, 041, 044 - 046, 049, 050 are RV sites that have tent pads 14 x 14.
    No one younger than 18 may camp overnight unless accompanied by a responsible adult, who will remain onsite for the period rented.
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    29.51972, -82.29444
    29°31'11"N, 82°17'40"W

    GPS Coordinates: N 29'31'11, W 82'17'40
    The main entrance to the park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, or 1 mile north of Micanopy, on US 441. From Interstate 75 take exit 374 (Micanopy), take County Road 234 east 1 mile to US 441, proceed north on US 441 1/4 mile to park entrance (Savannah Boulevard).

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    PAYNES PRAIRIE SP
    100 SAVANNAH BOULEVARD
    MICANOPY  FL  32667-9702

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (352)466-3397