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Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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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  • We were directed here by a local as a place to take a walk and take in some local flora. The park can be as strenuous or as easy to navigate as you'd like. It has nature trails, or you can walk right ...  read more »
  • Great park for hiking and biking, nearly as good as Robinson Preserve in Bradenton. Stunning views on the Tampa Bay. Nowhere else you have a better panoramic view from Anna Maria Island on your left t...  read more »
  • Easy and family friendly walking trails and convenient places to launch kayaks, canoes or paddle boards. Offers great views of Terra Ceia Bay. Can see Sunshine Skyway Bridge from a trail or in Bay. 
  • Some of the best walking trails in the county. I always see wildlife when I am there, it's a peaceful, quiet, beautiful place for a quick walk or a long stroll through the mangroves. Most of the trails are shaded, which is extra nice when the weather gets warm.
  • Lots of wildlife. Trails are well signed. Park guide gave us some great hints on where to see wildlife.
  • Beautiful views, nice trails, excellent biking.
  • I wish I would have come here years sooner. This is an incredible park. Free admission, nice walking trails along the water, one of the easiest places to put a kayak in, a kayak trail, and a boat ramp.
  • Great spot for a paddle call kayak jacks paddle sports for a delivery. Tandem kayaks, single kayaks, or paddle boards. You choose the time and location we bring the fun.
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