Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra Beach

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Dedicated to the preservation of an unspoiled and undeveloped natural treasure, supporting a vibrant ecosystem and subsystems. Sea turtles, land tortoises, porposies, , manatees, roseate spoonbills, North Atlantic right whales...all these and many more live here year-round or are seasonal visitors.
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  • Exploring the Ponte Vedra Beach area this is definitely a place to spend an afternoon. Signage says 5000 years ago this area was inhabited Now well marked trails at varying lengths depending on your t...  more »
  • Beautiful beach side, trails for hiking and biking on marsh side. Bring bug spray! Lots of people out fishing. Classes about birds, photography etc. check website for more info.  more »
  • If you're looking for a place in Florida to hike, backpack and see some great wildlife then look no further than the Guana River State Park and Reserve. This place has trails for days and an immense a...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful place to go for a hike and experience nature. The paths are very easy and give you various perspectives on the nature that is around. There are opportunities to see all sorts of wildlife, from butterflies, hermit crabs, armadillos to alligators. If you are even mildly into photography, this is a great place to go and capture nature . Bring a lunch and you can picnic in one of the pavilions or near the river. Bring your fishing pole and you can fish riverside or lake side. Overall, it is well worth the $3 a car and is a good family outing if you want an easy hike or just a day out and about in nature
  • My wife and I love hiking the trails here! There's plenty of biodiversity here to keep you interested, no matter which trail you take. There's a variety of trails that give you plenty of options for how long you want to hike. If you want to put several miles of hiking into your day, you'll get what you're looking for here. If you want just a short walk through the woods, you can get that here too. You'll walk through woods, around/through marshes, along rivers, and more. Plenty of opportunities for pictures to preserve the memories you make! And they allow animals to come along for the adventure!
  • Not a difficult hike at all. Several different blazes you can take to make the hike as long as you want. Easy to follow trails.
  • Pleasantly surprised. Quite the adventure, especially after living in the area for over 30 years and not even knowing it existed.
  • This is a wonderful slice of unspoiled Florida. I'm a birder and this is a fantastic place for birding, both along the intracoastal and along the beach. The environmental center is small but packs in a lot of information. My grandkids enjoy visiting it. If I lived closer I'd probably be there every day, or at least once a week, but since it's a 100-mile round trip from my house I don't get there nearly as often as I would like.

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