Paynes Creek Historic State Park, Bowling Green

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Paynes Creek Historic State Park is a Florida State Park located on Lake Branch Road one-half mile southeast of Bowling Green, Florida. On November 21, 1978, it was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places, under the title of Payne's Creek Massacre-Fort Chokonikla Site (also known as "site of Chokonikla blockhouse and bridge" or "Military cemetery").

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  • After visiting the nearby Hardee County Heritage Park, includes Pioneer Village, campground, Wildlife Refuge and Cracker Museum; we found this park and stopped in. Visitors Center was closed as was....  more »
  • We spent a couple of hours taking pictures and hiking at this state park. It is very cheap to enter. There is a small visitor's center with an interesting film and some exhibits. We went around 9.....  more »
  • Beautiful place! We didn't see another person while we were there exploring, so peaceful! The bathrooms are clean, the visitor center was very informative and the park and river are just so pretty. Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy hiking or history.
  • This park had a very nice Museum of pioneer and Seminole life in the early to mid 1800s. Admission is included with park entrance fee. There are some awesome hiking trails that go down to and along the peace river as well as a canoe / kayak launch on the river. The young ranger in charge was extraordinarily enthusiastic about his job and very helpful. I happened to be there for the reenactment of a trading Post massacre from the early 1800s. Except for a group camping area for Boy Scouts and such, it is primarily a day use only park. Most of the park is heavily wooded and well shaded. The surrounding area is authentic Old Florida. There is an excellent BBQ place very close by that is popular with locals.

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