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Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

(4.8/5 based on 190+ 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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  • The trail is actually beautiful! I just wish it were longer. But, the view of the coast alone makes it worth a visit. The small beach offers a clear view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. I also noticed ...  more »
  • This is a great spot to enjoy some quiet time and nature. The paved bike trails are very safe, and there are not a lot of cars to worry about. The trails are mostly in the shade. The unpaved trails ar...  more »
  • This spot is amazing! Gives you views of the river, gulf and Skyway Bridge. Truly a special place. Nice little hill you can go up, sit on and take in the scenery. 
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  • For dog owners! My dogs become alert as we drive into the park, knowing there is excitement ahead. They love Emerson point park, and so do I. Beautiful vistas, a variety of trails, birds and other critters, and lots of intriguing smells. Trails, side trails, docks, sandy beaches, mangroves, ancient mounds and shell middens - endless combinations of different routes. We never get bored. Dogs must be on leash. Please bring poop bags and pick up after your dog!
  • Great outdoor fun. Biking, hiking, kayaking. Learn about Native Americans. Or relax with a picnic basket.
  • 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.
  • 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.