|Paynes Prairie became the first state preserve in Florida in 1971, and since has been designated as a National Landmark.|
One of the most popular trails, Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
is a 16 mile long, paved trail that snakes through Gainesville.
We had a great time trouncing through Paynes. We even saw some wildlife!
I didn't have my snake stick, so I couldn't get a very good picture. I can only blame myself!
|There was a good amount of canopy cover on the trail that we walked. It kept it from being too terribly hot.|
The second part of the day was a short jaunt over to a set of lushly landscaped stairs. It's the second cousin of Tallulah Gorge State Park 1099 steps down. This pristine limestone 120 feet deep sinkhole has been visited by the curious since the early 1800s. There is a Visitor Center with clean bathrooms and pets are allowed! We saw a lot of people running the stairs. It is definitely a beautiful place for a morning workout. At the end of each flight, there is a information plaque regarding the sinkhole. It's a nice way to catch your breath and learn something new at the same time.
|Devil's Millhopper Descent|
|Megan is looking ethereal while reading one of the information plaques|
|Path around the "Millhopper"|