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.
Depending on the season you visit this end of the park, you’ll likely encounter alligators, American bison, wild horses and feral pigs. But remember, this is NOT A ZOO, so give wide berth to animals you might encounter. And try not to wander too far off the trails!