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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Open Now: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Nature is beautiful!

This is one of the best activities a family should do together. The environment is so refreshing... read more

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Reviewed 7 November 2018
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The Reserve was established in 1999 as a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System and is one of three NERRs in Florida. The Reserve staff manage the Guana Dam parking area...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082-6527
+1 904-823-4500
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All reviews the reserve old florida real florida educational center yellow trail wild boar parking lot across the street well marked trails nice walk great nature the atlantic ocean great place to hike bring bug spray scavenger hunt boat launch beautiful scenery
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is one of the best activities a family should do together. The environment is so refreshing and allows nature to exist. I left with a great appreciation for what has been given to us.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

If you follow E-Bird you will see that this is a birding hot spot for sighting migratory birds such as American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, etc

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Corvellerhill
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Four ladies walked the park on the yellow trail for 2.2 miles. There are 6 trails with up to 5.8 mile walks. We saw a lot of bird watchers but very few hikers. Yellow trail ends at St Johns river with awesome views. Nature at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank kythoro
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

What a great place to see wildlife. I watched so many birds and an osprey take a fish . The environmental center is awesome competed with many interactive displays. There are tons of trails and even a business in the park that rents kayaks ....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 903chrish
Reviewed 24 June 2018

Beautiful walking trails among the "untouched" beauty of northeast Florida's historical marshlands; some in open lands, others among the thick beauty of oaks and cypress trees.The downside is simply that some of the trials are restricted with rain and are unnavigable afterward.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Susan G
Reviewed 9 June 2018

This expansive area along A1A bordering the Atlantic Ocean between St. Augustine and Pointe Verde, Florida can bring you back to the day when Ponce de Leon first saw this land in 1513. It is a beautiful drive along this coastal highway. Limited paid parking...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank radar643
Reviewed 8 June 2018

I visited a portion, but did not find the wooden path. No matter, it is great just looking at it from the boat ramp. We didn't see anyone to ask. It would be great to go on a boat.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Starviagera
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

The area is a protected reserve . This is old Florida and delightful to visit . Parking is limited and located throughout the park . The views are spectacular . This is a great afternoon for water activities , fishing and relaxing .

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank laj2e7
Reviewed 15 March 2018

The GTM reserve has an alternative office south on the A1A in Marineland. From there they have several free walking tours of the beaches, hammocks, flora and fauna nearby. We took two of the hikes and enjoyed both. We learned about the sand, jellyfish that...More

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Marcia P
Reviewed 9 March 2018

My husband and I stopped here spur of the moment for a hike. We did not grab a paper map and ended up getting lost...in an active hunting area! Unfortunately, the signs and the maps located within the reserve do not match up. Luckily, we...More

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank sailnaloha
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Robin N
24 February 2018|
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Response from bushidokan | Reviewed this property |
Hi, don’t think so. Need to bring you’re own. Good hiking though if no bike. But suggest entering from the Research building off A1A if hiking.
Sarah A
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