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Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

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#229 of 620 in Wildlife in Florida
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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  • This preserve seems to have just about everything, including alligators, beach, mangroves, trails and boardwalks. Excellent for sail-boarders too. And it is free entry too. It sticks out into Tampa Ba...  more »
  • I lived next door to this attraction so this is an "easy A" and a very beloved place to walk your pet or just get out of the house. Just do not go in high pollen season if you have allergies. Such as ...  more »
  • We're already some years in Bradenton Shorewalk in our own apartment. This Park was unknown to us until recently. In our this year's holiday, we got a tip and tested it. Very nice, I can only say. We were even 3 times there and every time have taken another small tour. You can see many birds and other small animals in the forests. On the Beachwalk, we could see even dolphins. Great to the hiking, relaxing, boating and cycling.
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  • Although Emerson point is a pretty small preserve, The well placed walks, short trails and excellent restoration work shows a wide diversity of Florida micro climates, vegetation and vistas. Wild Florida, Native mounds and early pioneering history is all bundled up in a great weekend setting for picnics, photography, bird watching and more. Also great for kayaking
  • What a wonderful county park! Historical area, nature walks, fishing and kayaking launch spots. Beach area doesn't have nice sand area, but still a nice beach. We saw dolphins here very close to shore.
  • Small beach area. Nice nature park to take photos. Great spot to watch the sunset.
  • If you crave some nature contact this is a great place to start. Good hidden trails for walking and biking. Must see.
  • Very nice place for walks and exploring. Recommend for evening walks or early morning.

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