Open Year-round
Yes
Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Paynes Prairie State Preserve is a fascinating and beautiful area to explore. Basically a huge wetland with several lakes that vary in size considerably depending on rainfall, the preserve is a birders' paradise and also offers fishing, hiking, biking, and camping. The established campground is a lovely little area of dense trees that offers much privacy to the sites.

The campground is set on two one-way loops and all sites have electric and water hookups, even the walk-in tent sites. Most of the car and RV sites are quite long and wide. There are two bathrooms with showers, and very close by there is a boat ramp and large picnic area. About a mile up the park road is the visitor center, which has excellent exhibits and an observation tower overlooking the prairie. The park closes at 8 p.m., but campers in the park are free to use the observation tower to spot wildlife at sunrise and sunset. There are several trails near the campground, the closest being the Chacala loop trails. As of March of 2019, some of the trails were partially closed due to high water levels.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Fall
Spring

Congestion

Occasionally full

Parking Pass

None

Price per night (basic site)

18.00 $ (15.11 €)

Pros

Private, wooded campsites. Many trails in the area. Separate tent camping area.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Florida State Parks

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Dump stations
Potable water
Showers
Firewood for sale
Boat ramp(s)
Near lake or river
Historically significant
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Big vistas
Fishing

Access

Vehicle

Total number of sites

50

Maximum trailer length

80.00 ft (24.38 m)

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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