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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
+1 904-823-4500
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The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Park is a beautiful place to take a hike either alone, with a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Beautiful area!

Nature's beauty abounds! We did the family seining event. You have to preregister, and summer... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jessica P
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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, 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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505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
+1 904-823-4500
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Park is a beautiful place to take a hike either alone, with a friend, or with family. The paths are generally peaceful and lightly traveled, but watch out for the occasional trek biker coming through, as bikes are allowed on...More

Thank DomesticDeb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nature's beauty abounds! We did the family seining event. You have to preregister, and summer months fill up quickly. The volunteers gave a quick overview of the GTM NERR and importance of estuaries. Then we went next to the dam and there's a great area...More

Thank Jessica P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here a few times now, but only to use the beaches on the ocean side! Parking is 3 dollars and there is plenty of it across a number of lots. The beaches are clean and untouched. The dunes are marked off in order...More

Thank Timothy Y
Reviewed 15 August 2017

If you want to see and learn about the animals, birds and wildlife of this area this is the place to go. There is plenty to see including manatees and sometime alligators and lots of birds. Numerous hiking trails and an educational center open to...More

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Exploring the Ponte Vedra Beach area this is definitely a place to spend an afternoon. Signage says 5000 years ago this area was inhabited Now well marked trails at varying lengths depending on your timeline allow you immerse yourself in what Florida looked like before...More

Thank Pat P
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Beautiful beach side, trails for hiking and biking on marsh side. Bring bug spray! Lots of people out fishing. Classes about birds, photography etc. check website for more info.

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 3 August 2017

If you're looking for a place in Florida to hike, backpack and see some great wildlife then look no further than the Guana River State Park and Reserve. This place has trails for days and an immense and diverse ecosystem to enjoy. Right across the...More

Thank Jaxtraveldr
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I love Guana! My husband actually proposed to me here. It's peaceful & has the best shells/sand dollars. Definitely the least crowded beach around👍

Thank Katireade
Reviewed 22 May 2017

This is a very nice walk and a chance to see what Florida was like before development. Wonderful that this area has been preserved.

Thank hbmass
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I used to live a few miles from the GTM as the locals call it and it was the best part about living in Ponte Vedra Beach. I loved walking on the various trails, learning about the faunas and the ecology of this very special...More

Thank Willa17
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