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Paynes Creek Historic State Park

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Address: 888 Lake Branch Rd, Bowling Green, FL 33834-4078
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+1 863-375-4717

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Peaceful visit

Historic site with a great visitor's center. Lots of trails that give a view of the Florida of the past. Great picnic areas and an awesome playground for the kids.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gretchen W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic site with a great visitor's center. Lots of trails that give a view of the Florida of the past. Great picnic areas and an awesome playground for the kids.

Thank Gretchen W
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Small but excellent interpretive centre presenting history of area. Nearby trails along scenic river and pleasant picnic play area.

Thank weetrip
Orlando, FL, United States
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We took a group of 20 middle and high school students and parents for a quick 2-night camp out. The primitive site was the perfect size for our group. As a primitive site, there was no running water. Flush toilet or shower. There was a porto- potty. If you are OK with that, you will like this site. The park... More 

Thank Anthony L
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We walked the peace river trail. It was beautiful and peaceful! The state park is very small and well-maintained. The picnic area also had a playground and would be a great place for the whole family to enjoy an afternoon.

Thank Megan H
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This park has something for history buffs, hikers, bird watchers and paddlers. We visited early in the morning (in the month of July) as we knew it would "get right hot" as they say in these parts, not to mention that thunder storms pop up with some regularity mid day in the summer months. Coming from New Hampshire it was... More 

Thank Granitegirl57
Lakeland, Florida
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Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

My wife and I came hiking here on a Saturday. We were blown away by the serene nature of this park. The trails wind along the creek and river which were teeming with fish. There are several miles of excellent hiking trails to explore as well as the old fort and trading post sites. The museum was very informative into... More 

Thank newlymarriedman12
Colchester, UK
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

Payne was one of the clerks killed by Seminole attackers at the Kennedy-Darling "Indian" trading post located in the park, which was part of Fort Chokonikla in the so-called Second Seminole War, when the US sought to remove the indigenous native Americans from this part of Florida in order to accommodate new European settlers. There is an interesting little visitors... More 

1 Thank JohnEO
Parrish, Florida
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

Great place to stop and visit. The visitors center has a history of the Seminole Wars and a site where a fort was built. Also has walking trails around the park which is great for seeing some wildlife. The trail also goes along the Peace River great for taking pictures.

Thank Armand P
Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 30 June 2015

If you like history, as I do, Paynes Creek Historic Park is highly recommended if you want to learn about the Seminole Indians and the US Military in Florida. Besides the history lesson, you can also hike, canoe and picnic.

1 Thank Edward O
arcadia, florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2015

Great little park nice trails one that goes over a suspension bridge to take you to the burial site of one of the settlers.

Thank priscilla m

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