Gainesville, Florida: Queen Snake Lookout

At the southbound I-75 rest stop, an elevated walkway shaped like a giant snake offers an observation vista from its head. Signs warns of poisonous snakes in the surrounding foliage.

I-75, Gainesville, FL
I-75 southbound rest area southern side of Gainesville, Snake is on south side of rest area.
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The walkway was chained and locked when we arrived on a Wednesday morning at 10AM. We thought maybe they were working on it so we were leaving and ran into an attendant who was on her way to open it up. Just in case it's chained, ask before you leave!

[K, 06/23/2017]
Queen Snake Lookout

Actually saw a snake curled up in a bush at the bottom of one of the walls also. Not sure what kind it was since it was partially covered and we were standing about 12 above it on the walkway.

[J Hager, 03/19/2016]
Florida Queen Snake Lookout

The southbound rest area on Interstate 75 at milepost 378, just south of the highway 121 exit, features a snake-shaped elevated overlook allowing a natural view of Paine's Prairie -- which was once a large lake visited by early Florida explorers Hernando de Soto and William Bartram, but has been a patch of wetlands after a sinkhole in the southeast quadrant opened and drained the lake. Steamboats plied the lake up into the late 1800s carrying citrus from groves around Micanopy to railheads in Gainesville. As for the celebrated Queen Snake: it is most certainly not poisonous, but one of Florida's many non-poisonous reptiles. Stop and enjoy the view!

[Cheshirecat, 02/26/2016]
Giant Florida Queen Snake

A giant snake-shaped walkway is at a southbound I-75 rest area. Some references say it is a Corn Snake, but the walkway guide says that it was built to resemble a Florida Queen Snake. Pleasant spot and diversion.

[Cal in Florida, 02/19/2016]

We like that a "bunny bump" viewing area was built halfway down the snake walkway's 325-foot length.

Corn Snake Lookout.

Queen Snake Overlook

Stopped at the Snake on an unusually cool summer day. Took a nice walk across the back of the constrictor. The view of Payne's Prairie from the head of the snake is now obstructed by tree growth. When I first came here in 1996, the trees were smaller and you could see across the plain below. I don't know what they are going to do about that, but it would be nice to see the great view again.

[W Carter, 07/31/2013]

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