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Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

(4.8/5 based on 200+ 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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  • great place to go lay on a low key beach.. We went here because it was too windy to go the gulf. Very serene and so relaxing. Bring a good book and just relax  more »
  • Emerson Point Preserve is not the largest or flashiest of Florida's many nature preserves. But it is the one that touches our hearts most deeply. The burial mound, with trees like gods, is a place to ...  more »
  • Not only is this place a must see for persons interested in Mound Cultures, but also for those who appreciate the tranquility of lapping water and outstanding views. There are walking trails, picnic t...  more »
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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.