Paynes Creek Historic State Park seamlessly combines nature with history. After the Second Seminole War, Fort Chokonikla was built near the site of a 19th century trading post. Years and years later, it is now one of the main features of this park. It helped put Paynes Creek on the United States National Register of Historic Places.
Located off the beaten path, Paynes Creek Historic State
Park is not necessarily a tourist destination. It is, however, a pawsome place
to take your pooch. You won’t find any hard core or high adventure hiking
in this park. Instead you will find mellow trails that showcase the area’s wildlife.
Peace River Loop is a one mile stroll through the palm and oak hammocks and
along the banks of the sand bottom creek. The Historic Trail is a great option if your canine buddy wants to learn about the park’s significant past. Be sure to take the spur trail across the suspension bridge that hangs over Paynes Creek to a monument honoring Captain
Payne. The park also has several other trails that are worth checking out.
A wide variety of critters call this place home. Bobcats,
deer, snakes, and lizards may be seen. Since alligators have been known to inhabit
the river, it’s important to keep your doggo on leash. Don’t forget to pick up
after your pooch and bring plenty of water.
Once you’re finished hiking, sit down at one of the picnic
tables for some lunch. Don’t forget to pack some biscuits for your four legged
hiking partner. The park also has a playground, restrooms, and biking trails.
In February, the park’s staff puts on a pawsome reenactment of Fort Chokonikla
Encampment. Check the calendar for dates and times, your pup won’t want to miss
this furrific live presentation!
No bones about it, Paynes Creek Historic State Park will
make your pup’s tail wag!