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Emerson Point Preserve

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Beautiful preserve

This is such a beautiful place. Very quiet. Watched the sunset. There were only about 8 people on... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Midland, North Carolina
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Bald eagle sightings

Nice lookouts on a hill with a bench. Can launch a kayak from the shore. nice boardwalk. Ample... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2018
Peggy B
Michigan City, Indiana
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is such a beautiful place. Very quiet. Watched the sunset. There were only about 8 people on the beach. It’s dog friendly. There are mangroves for canoeing. It also has some paths for walking. Very family friendly.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

Nice lookouts on a hill with a bench. Can launch a kayak from the shore. nice boardwalk. Ample parking

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peggy B
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

Visited her for the first time and we loved it. There are several different walks that you can take with various lengths. Some of the walks you have to climb over or under the odd tree.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Stephen_JF69
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Emerson Point is a nice place for walking or biking. Nice sidewalk and trails. Nice picnic area and view of the Manatee River and Tampa Bay. At the entrance is a area with history of the area.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

I always take my honey there to watch the sunsets. Spectacular views watching the sun sink into the Bay or Gulf.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judi F
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

I had small kids with me (3 under the age of 7) so I couldn’t go to the trails that went far, but the 3 smaller trails we went down were really fun. My kids love bugs and snails and lizards and all things creepy...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jodit888
Reviewed August 28, 2018

We live in Palmetto and cannot visit Emerson Point enough. Walking the nature trails is our favorite activity. We see different wildlife every time. We love the lookout tower and the gigantic native American mound. Enjoy a picnic in the shade beside the Manatee River.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Clifford E
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Great place to walk and see nature. Well maintained board walks and observation tower overlooking the water. Good parking areas.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Wayne F
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Emerson Point Preserve is a must see on Sneed Island. It hosts several scenic trails of varying lengths. You can launch kayaks in the mangroves or Manatee River. Fishing is available and an amazing bike path! So beautiful!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank pudds412
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

Growing up in Manatee county, it’s a tradition for the schools to visit here every year! Private beach, nice trails and views. Good for picnics, exercise, walking/jogging and learning about the plants and habitats. Good for all ages! The beach also has baby crabs

Date of experience: August 2018
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Darlene T
August 2, 2018|
Response from ketnerks | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Most of your questions can be answered at the website. Trip Adviser won't let me post that for you. So you will need to search Emerson Point Preserve in Manatee County. It isn't to far from the pavilion to the bathrooms... More
January 20, 2018|
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Best is sneakers or something like work boots, lot of tree roots along some paths
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Beverly, Massachusetts
Trails to hike, bike, or kayak. (6 Replies)
We are arriving AMI for two weeks in July. We will rent kayaks and bikes, two adults. We love nature trails to walk or bike. I have found the following: Coquina Baywalk, Emerson Point Preserve, Robinson Preserve, and Fort de Soto/Edgemont Key (we know this one). Would any of you have any information on which are must do, could do, don't bother. Do you know other areas we should hike/bike/kayak? Obviously we will be walking all the beaches. Last year I ended up on crutches the second day of...More
June 29, 2010|
Response fromFlowerchild1969|
Well thanks so much. My husband tried SUP up here in MA last summer and would love to do that again! We just bought kayaks and love going out on the ocean up here, a bit rougher that down AMI area for sure. Should we use bug repellant when in the preserves down there. We have mad mosquitoes up here this year. I think I'm a bug magnet. Again, thanks.