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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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  • Emerson Point gives you excellent views and access to Tampa Bay, blending the attraction of the water with the abundant availability of fauna. Great for the nature lover to spend a few hours there.  more »
  • We walk a lot parks and the trails here are high on our list of pretty walks. Best trail is the Terra Ceia Trail. Although there are a lot of trail maps posted, most don't show where you are at the mo...  more »
  • My friend an I enjoyed our walk on all the trails and some time on the little beach area. It is sort of "out of the way" so it was nice there were very few people here. We enjoyed the shaded trails an...  more »
  • Although Emerson point is a pretty small preserve, The well placed walks, short trails and excellent restoration work shows a wide diversity of Florida micro climates, vegetation and vistas. Wild Florida, Native mounds and early pioneering history is all bundled up in a great weekend setting for picnics, photography, bird watching and more. Also great for kayaking
  • What a wonderful county park! Historical area, nature walks, fishing and kayaking launch spots. Beach area doesn't have nice sand area, but still a nice beach. We saw dolphins here very close to shore.
  • Small beach area. Nice nature park to take photos. Great spot to watch the sunset.
  • If you crave some nature contact this is a great place to start. Good hidden trails for walking and biking. Must see.
  • Very nice place for walks and exploring. Recommend for evening walks or early morning.