Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Ponte Vedra Beach: Hours, Address, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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, three beach lots (north, middle, and south), a trail system, the EEC, and a field office in Marineland, Florida. The Reserve’s 73,256 acres also includes Guana River Wildlife Management Area, Deep Creek State Forest, Stokes Landing Conservation Area, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Faver-Dykes State Park, Moses Creek Conservation Area, Pellicer Creek Conservation Area, Princess Place Preserve, and the River to Sea Preserve, all of which are managed by separate agencies. The Reserve is an important economic, ecological, and educational resource for local communities. The estuary provides valuable ecological services such as a nursery, storm protection, flood protection, oyster habitat, and water quality. Its health is fundamental to the survival of endangered ocean species such as the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and sea turtles. These resources provide economic opportunities in the form of fishing, recreational businesses, and jobs. As a NERR, the Reserve conducts scientific research, stewardship activities, and educational programs. Some of the unique aspects of this Reserve are its rich cultural history, location by the first city in America, pristine and quiet beaches, and diverse habitats.
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Otterhoney
St. Augustine, FL71 contributions
Great!
Mar 2021 • Couples
We have hiked and biked these trails and love it. When we hiked, we took our dogs. They loved it ! But I have to say we came home and the dogs had tons of ticks :(

We had a great time biking the yellow-to purple to red trail. (Estimated 10miles ) It was a little bumpy due to the tree roots. You really have to watch where you are going but it was worth it! We live here in St. Aug and we will definitely go back! :)
Written March 1, 2021
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J. T.
Charlotte, NC69 contributions
Peaceful hike with several trail options
Jan 2021 • Couples
Just recently found GTM. I love the variety and number of trail options. Some trails are more shaded by big oaks, others walk amongst low palms. It is incredibly peaceful. We didn’t see too much wildlife, but it has been pretty unseasonably cool each time we’ve been there. I like the orange trail for flora and the trail along the intracoastal for a energy.
Written January 30, 2021
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betty
8 contributions
Plenty of nature
Aug 2020
We took the orange path. Beautiful walk through plenty of nature. The whole park is very clean a well kept. So glad we found this place.
Written August 15, 2020
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G. J Kemp
Leicester, MA84 contributions
Hike, sightseeing, fish and boating
Jan 2020 • Friends
Really nice place to visit. Great beaches to go to off of A1A. Park for a small fee and cross over to walk fish or swim the seashore. Great fishing at the dam at Guana or rent a kayak to explore the reserve. Boat launch there so you can take your own watercraft. Plenty of self guided walking trails there for you to explore also.
Written January 27, 2020
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Gudrun R
Fairhope, AL454 contributions
Most beautiful area in North Florida!!
Nov 2019
I have been writing about this area for quite some time now - we always return and admire - the nature - the shells - the fossilised shark's teeth you find - the Statue of Ponce de Leon, which greets you and reminds you of the first Europeans setting foot on this beautiful continent - always a moist beautiful and enjoyable experience! If you are in the area - do not forget to visit this amazing site!
Written December 22, 2019
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Vicky L
10 contributions
Water birds
Oct 2019
Peaceful serene location to view water birds. I saw an Eaglesnest which was a real treat. Would recommend for families couples solo. Beautiful at sunset.
Written October 9, 2019
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Greta1345
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida5 contributions
A Treasure Under Threat
Mar 2019
Guana is beautiful and a great place to kayak and view wildlife. As with so many places in Florida, the natural areas should be preserved and protected. Unfortunately, as I write this, developers are seeking to take away 100 acres of Guana known as the "Outpost" and Gate Petroleum, parent company to the Ponte Vedra Corporation claims its conservation designation is "erroneous". I am a Florida native and descendent of pioneers who settled here as early as 1750. I have seen the continual destruction of forests and wetlands to make way for poorly planned and unnecessary communities pushed forward by developers and officials who care little about the future impact on the human, wildlife or plant population. Pure greed destroyed my hometown, not far north of Guana, situated along the St. John's River and turned that quaint, beautiful river town into an ugly, hot mess of urban sprawl, even condemning the massive and ancient oak trees that lined many of the town's streets and Highway 17. Please support these few remaining vestiges of Old Florida and when you visit, reflect on
and enjoy the natural beauty of the place and please leave no trace! Thank you.
Written August 12, 2019
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Evan Braz
Boca Raton, FL570 contributions
Unique Tidal River Marsh With Many Birds And Other Animals
Jul 2019 • Family
Set right by Ponte Vedra Beach, this river estuary is an interesting place to canoe or kayak, as the saltish water marsh is home to many birds and other fauna.
Written July 27, 2019
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Melissa M
Ravenna, OH19 contributions
Nice experience
Jul 2019 • Family
We stopped at the visitor center and were immediately greeted by two lovely people that showed us around and were quite informative. The beach was nice, but make sure to Check our the visitor center!!
Written July 24, 2019
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klokan0426
St. Augustine, FL68 contributions
Beautiful place
Jul 2019 • Family
I really like this place, especially on weekdays when it's almost empty. Always so many things to see... wildlife, flowers, birds, places...
Written July 2, 2019
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