Paynes Creek Historic State Park

State: Florida

Address 1: 888 Lake Branch Road

City: Bowling Green

Zip: 33834

Phone: 863-375-4717

Open: Seasonal

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

Free: No

*Camping is limited to primitive youth group camping.

About: During the 1840s, tensions between the settlers and Seminole Indians prompted authorities to establish a trading post in Florida´s interior, away from settlements. Built in early 1849, the post was attacked and destroyed by renegade Indians that summer. In late 1849 Fort Chokonikla was built nearby as the first outpost in a chain of forts established to control the Seminoles. The Seminoles never attacked the fort, but the Army was nearly defeated by mosquitoes. Today, nature enthusiasts and hikers can enjoy walking along trails through the park´s natural areas. Paynes Creek and the adjoining Peace River provide opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. A museum at the visitor center depicts the lives of Florida´s Seminole Indians and pioneers during the 19th century. The visitor center is open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Located one-half mile southeast of Bowling Green on Lake Branch Road.

The primitive youth camping area is located near Payne Creek and accommodates up to 25 tent campers. The campground includes a fire ring, a portable toilet, a pavilion and picnic tables. No water or electric service is available. Reservations are required. Call the park for reservations at (863) 375-4717.