The Paynes Creek Historic State Park is positioned in Hardee County, Florida and can be accessed via car from Lake Branch Road. The park is about 400 acres and about a half mile from Bowling Green. Paynes Creek is even on the United States National Register of Historic Places due to the part it played in the Second Seminole War.
Visitors can learn all about the story of Paynes Creek by paying a visit it is suggested due to its rich history. There’s a museum on site and a visitor’s center built to take you back in time to pioneer living. While pups aren’t allowed in the museum, they are free to walk the trails within the park. Hike along the mostly flat area and the Peace River which runs through the entire park.
Paynes Creek Historic State Park is small but quite beautiful so while it’s not a traveler’s destination, it may be fun for a quick local day trip. Within the trail is a suspension bridge for cool photo ops of the pup having fun. Paynes Creek Historic State Park is an interactive and educational journey for families and dogs who want to tag along too.
As you continue walking you may run into a fortress of what's left from the war with employees dressed in outfits reenacting moments from the past. The skit is great for kids who want to take an educational break from the walk. Don’t forget to bring snacks and water for the pooch. They don't have a convenience store.
Please have dogs on a leash in the Paynes Creek Historic State Park especially due to the other wildlife in the area. This rule is for the safety of your pup. Upon entry please also bring proof of vaccination and proper identification for Fido. Please pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste to help keep the park clean.