Egret photo courtesy of Wesley Hetrick.

Saturday, January 30th from 10:00am until 3:00pm

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

The 22,000-acre park features hiking and bicycle trails, a visitor’s center and observation tower, a boat ramp to 300-acre Lake Wauberg, RV and tent camping areas, wildlife viewing, and even bison.

PSA members and Philmont staff, past and present, and their guests and families.

What to Bring
A pot luck dish, photo albums, and stories! Plates, napkins, and drinks will be supplied, as will a laptop with screen to share your digital photos from a flash drive.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

  • From I-75 take exit 374 (Micanopy exit) and turn east onto CR 234.
  • Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441.
  • Turn left onto 441 and go 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Park admission is $6 per vehicle for 2 to 8 persons and $4 for single occupants. We will meet at Picnic Pavilion 2, which has tables and is convenient to restrooms, a roofed multi-grill cooking shed, trails, the campground, and a playground. More information about RV and full-facility tent camping is available here:

Contact the park at 352-466-3397 for more information about primitive tent camping

Please RSVP to Susan and Randall MacDonald at [email protected]