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Paynes Creek Historic SP

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info

Andrew Thoreson
Oct 2017
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
How Big Not Rated
Importance Not Rated
Revisit? B
Birding D
Wildlife C *
Summer Heat F
Terrain B
Fun Hike B *
Maintained A
Mosquitos B *
Biting Files A *
Ticks C
NOTE: Tortoises and heard things in brush
NOTE: But exposed.
NOTE: They don't like hot and dry like this.
NOTE: Saw none
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 888 Lake Branch Road, Bowling Green, FL, Hardee, USA, 33834

1) What It's Like

Education center and trails. Only trails open when we were there were scrub trails so can't comment on the rest. It did feel like a different kind of ecosystem enough to be interesting.

2) Kinds of Birds

Heard a few we couldn't identify but that's about it. I want to say towhees.

3) Wildlife

Tortoises. Heard stuff in brush but couldn't saw what it was.

4) Amenities

Bathrooms, education center.

5) Directions

When you head south from Lakeland and you think the population density has dropped below one person per 10 square miles - keep going for about 30 minutes.

6) Dear Ranger

Thanks for being so super friendly - made our day!

7) Time Requirements

Just the education center and the little trail would take around an hour, or 10 minutes if you're rushed. You could spend several if other trails open.


It's not a big state park and it's a pretty long drive away from other places you'd want to stop. There's an education center that's nice and a few trails out back. Some were closed when we were there but the scrub trail though not packed with birds it did have species of plants not usually seen, gopher tortoises etc. Not sure I'd go out of my way to visit here but if I was passing nearby I'd definitely be interested in stopping again. Very exposed trails (ones that were open) so not so great a stop for summer if that issue persists (I think it was hurricane damage).

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