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Paynes Prairie Preserve Loop

Intermediate
 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

With 300 species of bird, Paynes Prairie is an absolute dream for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.


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8.3

Miles

13.4

KM

100%

Runnable

141' 43 m

High

85' 26 m

Low

252' 77 m

Up

252' 77 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

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Overview

If you're favorite TV channel is Animal Planet, this is the run for you. With bird species in the hundreds flocking through this area, not to mention the presence of beautiful deer, bison, and prehistoric looking alligators, Paynes Prairie is the perfect spot for nature lovers to come out and experience what the Florida landscape has to offer. Unlike other local running areas that deal in grassy (often marshy) prairie, this area is primarily wooded and houses a beautiful population of palmetto and loblolly pines.

While the entire loop as mapped ticks over 8 miles on trail, those looking for a shorter experience can simply create an out-and-back on the trails of their desired length.

Description

Starting at the parking area off the eastern shore of Lake Wauburg, this run follows the Lake Trail as it makes its way north through dense forest. Eventually the Lake Trail reaches a junction with the Jackson's Gap Trail. Bear right at the junction to continue on the run. At the next junction, the run heads left to follow the Chacala Trail, ultimately looping around to the same junction from before.

Once you've made the loop and enjoyed the area's wildlife to your heart's content, simply head back along the Jackson's Gap Trail and Lake Trail to reach the parking area.

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Beautiful trail!
Feb 29, 2020 near Gainesv…, FL
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