Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra Beach

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Wildlife Area
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve on Florida's First Coast is part of a network of 28 protected coastal areas along the United States coast from Alaska to Puerto Rico, The National Estuarine Research Reserve System. This program is a partnership between NOAA and the US coastal states with the goal of protecting estuarine lands and water.DescriptionThe Reserve is over of salt marsh and mangrove tidal wetlands. It includes oyster beds, tidal lagoons, critical habitat and offshore seas spanning St. Johns County and Flagler County. This estuarine ecological system produces a rich abundance of marine life including numerous commercially and recreationally valuable forms of sea life. The upland areas include pine flatwoods, maritime hammock, coastal strands and dunes, and mangroves. (GTMNERR) stretches from Summer Haven in the south all the way to Ponte Vedra Beach in the north, which is over 30 miles.
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TripAdvisor
  • This is a very nice walk and a chance to see what Florida was like before development. Wonderful that this area has been preserved.  more »
  • I used to live a few miles from the GTM as the locals call it and it was the best part about living in Ponte Vedra Beach. I loved walking on the various trails, learning about the faunas and the ecolo...  more »
  • Great hiking trails, all well maintained. They provide maps at the trail head. All trails easily marked. All flat, some shade some sun. May need bug spray. Beautiful place.  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.