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Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

#254 of 857 in Parks 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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229 reviews
  • August 3, 2017
    A long stretch of road ending at the sea with mangroves and small beach. Lots of walking paths and bridges crisscrossing over. We went in a car, but would like to go back on a bike. Imagine a lot of w...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    We love to hike, fish and watch sunsets from here. We have been coming here for 15 years! The best sunsets around!  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    Beautiful, natural place in little discovered Palmetto, FL, not to be missed. Forget the Disney lines and neon lights advertising a bunch of nonsense; leave your tech devices behind and just enjoy the...  more »
  • June 18, 2017
    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
  • April 26, 2017
    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.
  • June 6, 2017
    Small beach area. Nice nature park to take photos. Great spot to watch the sunset.
  • May 21, 2017
    If you crave some nature contact this is a great place to start. Good hidden trails for walking and biking. Must see.
  • July 4, 2017
    Very nice place for walks and exploring. Recommend for evening walks or early morning.

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