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Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

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Emerson Point Preserve is a 365 acre preserve located at the tip of Snead Island in western Palmetto. At Emerson Point, visitors can take in the beauty of Florida's wildlife and native plant communities while exploring both prehistoric and historic sites.

Historical resources include the Portavant Temple Mound, southwest Florida's largest Native American Temple Mound, and the surrounding midden complex. A Welcome/Ranger Station is open Friday and Saturday for visitors to the preserve.

Multi-use trails and boardwalks are aligned so that the natural habitat and cultural resources will be protected. There are two small picnic shelters available for small gatherings. There is also a large ten table picnic shelter available for rental/reservation. A canoe/kayak launch allows access to the tidal canals and Terra Ceia Bay.
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  • From coastline to uplands you see it all at Emerson preserve. Even a swamp. Great trails with maps for guidance. An oberservation tower with great views 360 *. Panoramic . Dog and kid friendly. Lesh i...  more »
  • While visiting friends on the island we joined them on their everyday bike ride to the point. We always see a variety of wildlife. Very peaceful place.  more »
  • While I wouldn't want to go there in the middle of summer, it is a perfect winter day park. We walked about 4 miles, many trail distance options. The park is well maintained and a continual work in pr...  more »
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  • This preserve is very secluded with lots of boardwalks, taking you deep into nature. The Osprey Eagles are currently nesting, some with young eaglets. With binoculars, you can watch them being fed, an awesome sight. There is towering platform, that rises above the treeline, allowing you to see forever. A canoe launch provides excellent access to some of the finest excursions around mangrove islands and great fishing spots. This state park is open at sunrise and closes at sunset, daily. Mostly for nature seeking adults, as there isn't much for kids to do.
  • Beautiful place! πŸ˜„πŸŒ΄πŸŒŠSpent the day there today. Was very disappointed in the garbage lying around and the way people don't pick up after their dogs. Come on people. It's run by volunters. Let keep this a beautiful place to visit so we can bring our 4 legged friends. Thanks πŸ•
  • One of the most beautiful places in Florida. The beach is one of my favorite spots, and so is the giant tower. You can see the skyway bridge from there and it's amazing.
  • I meanly go to Emerson point to kayak fish, but they also have bike trails and picnic areas with charcoal BBQ grills. There's a sandy boat ramp at the end of the park, manly used for small boats or kayaks. Great place to visit if your ever in the Palmetto area.
  • In the unrecognized city of Palmetto, this location is one of the top places to visit, as this nature preserve has three different trails that you can bike, hike, walk, and explore. Raided this park a number of times for class field trips and family fun over the years. Pavilions and picnic tables are available for use, so bring a snack or lunch. Views are insanely indescribable as your eyes may come across one of the best distant views ever, including the Skyway Bridge. Emerson is on point with its physical attraction, near and far.

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