Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra Beach

(4.8/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I would love to go back. Did a 3.2 mile hike and hung around there for a bit. Also checked out the educational building, very cool inside with a few aquariums. It costs a small separate fee to get in ...  more »
  • Great place to go hiking! The terrain is flat, but shaded, the trails are well marked, the hiking is not difficult and the views are peaceful. When you exit A1A at the Visitor Center, keep driving str...  more »
  • We visited the museum, which had a video program teaching about estuaries. It must have been effective, because we still talk about them! There are hiking trails, if weather is decent. Take sunscreen ...  more »
  • Beautiful, but remember to bring mosquito repellant. The educational area was quite good. Surprisingly so.
  • Natural beauty abounds! This is a First Coast treasure to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
  • Plenty of trails to hike, which is what we did. Well marked and none are very challenging. Be sure to bring lots of water and bug spray. It is Florida.... The one thing that kept the 5th star out was the wild pigs. We saw one on the east side or the loop and a pack of 7 on the other side. All piglets and my wife thought they were the cutest. Ferrell pigs are invasive and can be quite aggressive. So just be aware. .
  • A unique saltwater lake north of the dam creates a great fishing spot when the conditions are right.
  • I attended the annual Florida Bird Festival here and just loved it. Excellent photography classes, and the grounds and buildings are beautiful. Enjoyed hiking some of their wonderful trails.