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State Parks

Bison in Florida? You betcha

Bison in Florida? You betcha

Some people thing Florida is only beach, swamp and scrub forest. Just south of Gainesville, though, is a place where the buffalo actually roam. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park has 22,000 acres of recreational options including half a dozen hiking trails as well as the paved 16-mile-long Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, which is great for bike enthusiasts. S.R 441 cuts right through the park that is the back yard to the University of Florida, and drivers get an idea for how expansive the park is, but if you pull off and make your way into the park, you can hike down into places where there's no sign of civilization. No car sounds, just nature. The prairie is home to bison and...