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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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505 Guana River Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082-6527
+1 904-823-4500
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Bike ride on December 26

My companion (who is from Ohio) and I rode our bicycles in "the Guana," as it is known to locals... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Laurawithmora
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Beauty Nature!

This place is amazing because you can walk or bike through the forest, near the river and the... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2017
cristalesavila
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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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 32082-6527
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My companion (who is from Ohio) and I rode our bicycles in "the Guana," as it is known to locals, and into the adjacent Wildlife Management Area the day after Christmas. We happened upon a viewing tower, walked up three flights of steps to the...More

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

This place is amazing because you can walk or bike through the forest, near the river and the trails that cross the beach. I saw aligators, turtles and fish.

Thank cristalesavila
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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

Guana is a great place to visit. The hiking is scenic from the visitors station, but if you really want to see a lot and get further into the wetlands,best to bring a trail or mountain bike due to distance. Favorite access place is a...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

The perfect place to visit if you want to get away from the local tourist traps located in the beach section of the first coast. All nature, with abundant trails, beautiful scenery. This is the real Florida.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

"Guana", how we always refer to it, is a wonderful treasure between St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra. The lake above the dam is popular with fishermen and crabbers, and south of the dam is another boat launch for access to the Intracoastal. There are also...More

Thank neptune-mick
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 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
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Reviewed 31 August 2017 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
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

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
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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

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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
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