Emerson Point Preserve

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BelikinBeer
Bradenton, FL416 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
A large and very well maintained park. The park is large enough it offers three different types of visits. There three sections of trails more or less all connected via main road with dedicated pedestrian path. I think the kayaking area is very popular as the parking was full with folks who wanted to do that. Tip of the day, during nice weather, get there early. Restrooms are limited so plan for that.
Written October 12, 2021
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Annie B
Bemidji, MN42 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
I went during the day with a group of friends and we had a great time. Even though it was warm, we found shaded places to walk and it was cool along the beach. We parked at the point and did the beach walk trail, point replica mound and observation tower trail. All we easy walks, although the beach trail requires crawling through some trees and might be harder for some.
The view from the observation tower is great! We saw some eagles, cardinals and other birds, along with a lot of cute little lizards.
Written March 3, 2021
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John B
Palmetto, FL40 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Awesome clean park. Great place to see native flora and fauna. Lots of birds in their native environment. Nesting Ospreys. Mangrove habitat. Great place to kayak. Hiking trails are short jaunts throughout the mangroves.
Written February 16, 2020
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Irina
United States10,102 contributions
Jan 2020
Emerson Point Preserve is a moderate size (relatively speaking) park of 325 acres, located West of Palmetto, where Manatee River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. You get to the park by driving US 19 , then to Palmetto and through Snead Island, on a well-marked road to the park.

The park has a shape of about 3-mile long loop, it offers free parking, and it is particularly attractive for visitors, as it has picnic areas, restrooms, multiple trails, boardwalks, and an observation tower, from which you can enjoy the views of the Bay area.

Vegetation is highly tropical of course, and the images of the trees covered with Spanish Moss seem surreal. Also saw a couple of wading birds and some nice flowers.

The park is good for walking, hiking, cycling, wildlife watching; and fishing too - since there's also access to the sandy coast line. Hours are seasonal: from sunrise to sunset.
Written March 26, 2020
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Tonya M
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Beautiful white sand, clear water. Well maintained walking trails, bike trails. Easy canoe and kayak access. It is free, plenty of parking and wasn't crowded. Beautiful views of the Manatee River.
Written June 4, 2021
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,706 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We drove to the end of the Point and walked around there for about 15 minutes. There were nice views of the water and the bridge to St. Pete. There weren’t as many trails by the point except by the edge of the road. So we drove back to towards the entrance and walked on the trails in that area which were nice. Bathrooms were available. We spent a little over an hour in the park.
Written November 17, 2021
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LoveSunBeachMountain
Chicago101 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
Such a unique park that is undergoing continuous upgrading. It is a very important historical site. Artifacts and man made structures in the park offer the few links to "old" tribes that inhabited coastal Florida before being displaced by tribes from as far north as Georgia and Alabama in the mid 1700s.

The park has is long and skinny with decent parking and great bathroom facilities. You can follow trails along either side of the points, on the south side is the Manatee River on the north side is Terra Ceia Bay. Several boardwalks lead into the water on the north side with ladders for swimming access to the bay. There is also a kayak launch on the Mantaee River side and a boat launch at the westernmost point.

We love running the park because it affords shaded trails on sunny days.

But the reason you don't want to go there is because it is so quaint and quiet. So, instead of enjoying this beautiful, serene park on this monumental site, go to Disney.
Written December 9, 2014
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MiamiNativeOwner
Miami Beach, FL44 contributions
May 2014 • Family
We went by accident, as we were looking for Madira Bickell State Park. The local lady said Indian Mounds? You gotta go to this place. I did not believe her but now wish i could thank her. 3 story mound still well preserved. Museum was closed. Bummer! but the views to the bay were spectacular, and the history incredible. I believe its the farthest north tropical forest in the US. Lots of Gumbo Limbos and Royal Palms. A must visit for the forest and mounds.
Written May 20, 2014
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jrleonardfl
Palmetto, FL228 contributions
Nov 2013 • Family
I am a longtime resident of Palmetto FL. I consider myself most fortunate to be able to walk to Emerson Point from my residence at least twice a week. Whether you walk your dog, kayak, bird watch or enjoy hiking along both a river and pristine mangrove lined bay, this might be the place for you. While early morning or just prior to dusk is probably best, you can really spot ospreys, hawks, and a wide array of herons and egrets almost any time.

Check it out!
Written November 25, 2013
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PhilS_42
Bradenton, FL92 contributions
Jan 2013 • Family
Emerson Point Park is jewel of the Manatee County Park system. It has wonderful indian mounds (some historical, some reconstructed) covered in native trees and other vegetation. Its trails are great for a nature hike. The views from the observation tower, several docks, and western tip of the island are beautiful. May species of water birds visit the park’s ponds during the winter? It is a great place to launch a kayak, canoe, or paddle board. It is also a great place to walk a dog. It has a deepwater dock on the manatee river which is way underutilized by boaters. The park doesn’t really have a true beach, but kids play on the sandy shoreline on the park’s west end. I love this place.
Written January 28, 2013
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