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Emerson Point Preserve

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Emerson Point Preserve

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Deirdre G wrote a review Jul 2020
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Lots of flat easy to navigate boardwalks and paths. All paths are well marked. Lovely views. Nice panoramic view of Skyway bridge and Saint Petersburg from one of the lookout towers. A bit buggy, but you are along the water and in the mangrove canopy in July. So yes, there are bugs. Bring bug spray.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Irina wrote a review Mar 2020
Illinois5,218 contributions7,001 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Cate B wrote a review Mar 2020
Palmetto, Florida3 contributions
Many great trails to walk, history to learn, and we love to go down to the waterfront at sunset! Its also great for biking! We visit every time we are in town.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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John B wrote a review Feb 2020
Palmetto, Florida40 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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AOtley wrote a review Feb 2020
Bowling Green, Ohio27 contributions3 helpful votes
Trails are a must to see nature, sandy coast and beautiful surrounding waters. Fish watching from walking bridges was fun. Nice to have trails that are easy and interesting - good for older and young walkers. Look forward to ridding bikes here some day! Love this area and will be back.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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