Established near the south rim of the great Alachua Savanna, Micanopy was founded in 1821 and is Florida’s oldest inland city. It is also one of Florida’s top destinations for antiques shopping, its downtown shaded by ancient live oaks, with architecture a snapshot of the late 1800s.
Trails and Parks in Micanopy
- Barr Hammock Preserve - Encompassing more than 5,700 acres, Barr Hammock Preserve near Gainesville includes an expansive wetland area, the Levy Prairie, an excellent birding destination.
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park - At Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, docents in 1940s dress take you through the living and working space of this Pulitzer-winning novelist beloved by regional historians for her accurate depictions of rural North Florida.
- Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve - On sacred ground set aside by the town of Micanopy, the Micanopy Native American Heritage Preserve honors the site of an ancient village and burial mound on the high ground above Lake Tuscawilla
- Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park - At Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, bison and wild horse roam free amid one of the state's largest and northernmost grasslands, a shallow basin cradled in a park 21,000 acres in size.
- Prairie Creek Preserve - Offering hiking trails in the deep shade of the floodplain of Prairie Creek near Gainesville, Prairie Creek Preserve is a beauty spot provided to the public by the Alachua Conservation Trust
- Tuscawilla Preserve - Protecting nearly 600 acres on the rim of Tuscawilla Prairie, a complex of wetlands along the edge of Florida's oldest inland city, Micanopy, Tuscawilla Preserve is an excellent birding destination.
- Along Lake Wauberg (1/22/2010) - A wander along Lake Wauberg to the symphony of Archie Carr's favorite frogs brought memories flooding back of gentler times.
- Wild horses on Paynes Prairie (4/25/2009) - In all the years I’ve been visiting or crossing Paynes Prairie, I’ve seen an abundance of wildlife. Bald eagles in pairs. Sandhill cranes by the hundreds. Huge flocks of white pelicans. The ubiquitous alligators. Wild turkeys and deer dashing across the park road. Skinks a foot long. But in all my attempts to come up […]