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A view of the prairie off of U.S. 441
The prairie in mid November
Two trees framing the prairie

Many people are under the misconception that they need to travel to the coast line to enjoy Florida's beauty. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is proving this theory wrong. Its marshy environment and lush foliage rival the sands of Clearwater Beach and the palms of Miami. It bevy of activities cater to everyone, just as if you were at a theme park in Orlando. However, the prairie has one thing that each of these do not: a beauty that is guaranteed to be preserved for generations to come.

The prairie is located in southern Alachua County in the town of Micanopy. It is also in proximity to the University of Florida. In this site you will learn about some of the trails the preserve offers. You will discover the birds that have made this prairie part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. You can also learn a bit about the history that brought the prairie to where it is today.

The prairie is also located in a sinkhole-rich area. There are diverse habitats within the prairie, including the uplands at 150-feet elevation and the Alachua Sink at 50 feet. The prairie itself is a wetland community located in what is called the basin. There are about 430 species that live in the prairie, which is why it is so vital as a preserve.

If you want to discover the prairie in person, go visit this amazing preserve. Take I-75 to exit 374. Take a left off of this exit and follow this road for one mile until you come to US 441. Turn left here and then go half a mile until you see the main entrance on the right. Admission to the park is about $4 per car, so make sure to take some cash. However, this is a small price to pay for the acres and acres of beauty ahead of you.

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