A national park comprised of 30,000 acres of land, Paynes Creek became a nature reserve in 1994 and then a national park in 1999. It is important for its coastal ridges and wetland habitats.
The forest is comprised of a pineridge savannah, a broadleaf forest, a creek, a lake, a lagoon, and much more.
The best way to see Paynes Creek is to take a boat through Punta Ycacos Lagoon, which is home to an important manatee breeding ground and the nesting sites of several forms of wildlife. You can also take a one hour hike from the ranger station where you can get a paper guide that tells you where to go and what you're seeing along the way. Camping is a possibility.
Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek can be found 4.7 miles west-southwest of Alabama Warf, a town in Stann Creek District; it is to the west of Placencia.
There are numerous eateries to pick from in the community nearby this nature preserve. Cardie's Restaurant, which offers American fare, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. French Connection and are some of the additional restaurant options close to Savannah Forest Station at Paynes Creek. At Daisy's Ice Cream you and your group can not ask for your check without taking a bite of their specialty, ice cream.
Active travelers that are a fan of nature preserves, and would like to see others, might consider a trip to Swasey Bladen Forest Reserve and ; the first and closest of which is seven and a half miles to the west of this wildlife reservation. You'll find other places of interest in the area, including , which is seven and a half miles away Placencia.
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