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Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

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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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  • From coastline to uplands you see it all at Emerson preserve. Even a swamp. Great trails with maps for guidance. An oberservation tower with great views 360 *. Panoramic . Dog and kid friendly. Lesh i...  more »
  • While visiting friends on the island we joined them on their everyday bike ride to the point. We always see a variety of wildlife. Very peaceful place.  more »
  • While I wouldn't want to go there in the middle of summer, it is a perfect winter day park. We walked about 4 miles, many trail distance options. The park is well maintained and a continual work in pr...  more »
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  • It was a great place to visit. You can see everything from the look out. It is a great place for a nature walk too. Dog friendly too. It is kind of a hidden tourists treasure. We would not have even known about it if our waitress hadn't told us about it. Look for it, its off the main road but worth visiting.
  • Another of my favorites. I would give 5 stars if it had s fishing dock! Variety of things to do and see. Walking and biking, bird watching, burial mound, old home site, small nature bldg., book exchange, large .picnic pavilion with a view and still s couple of very large palms! Nice!
  • Emerson point preserve is very enjoyable. It has a beach area you can go walk around with cool looking mangrove trees which have been pushed over by the wind and tide creating some crazy shapes. There is a swampy area with mangrove creeks which is extremely pretty, I would like to go back and try and kayak some of them if it’s possible. There is a overlook tower which you can see the surrounding area as well as the skyway bridge. There is a historical area which has a walkway and some boards that explain the history of the area, the walkway has some really cool trees surrounding it and is even built around some big trees. All in all good park A +
  • Love this place! So huge! Many different areas to observe! Definitely can't do it all in one day! But definitely worth the many trips to see it all!
  • Absolutely love this park over and over again. I've walked all of the trails and always find something new. Great park for kids to run and play on the trails too. There are some hills in the middle of the park, old shell middens from the Indians, lots of history with plaques explaining who lived here way back when. It's part of the "Indian Trails" history. Don't miss DeSoto National across the river to complete your history lesson for the day. Very enjoyable, both parks have wide open views of the Manatee River and the Skyway Bridge, all the way out Tampa Bay! Enjoy our parks and consider donating since they are both free to get in. Thanks!
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