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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Address: 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone Number: +1 904-823-4500
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The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM...

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies.

The GTM Research Reserve was formed through a collaboration of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is part of a national system of research reserves that focus on research, education and stewardship.

The GTM Research Reserve has a 21,000 square foot Environmental Education Center which includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Education staff offer programming for all ages on the importance of estuarine ecosystems. A Coastal Training Program offers training for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants and much more.

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Quick visit to GTM...worth a second look

Too short a visit this time but will definitely go back. I would recommend stopping by the visitor center and viewing the video before venturing out to explore. Lots of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 May 2016
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Mechanicsburg, PA
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Mechanicsburg, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Too short a visit this time but will definitely go back. I would recommend stopping by the visitor center and viewing the video before venturing out to explore. Lots of diversity from the beach to river estuaries. Beautiful place.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is one of the best places in the area to hike, fish and kayak. A must if you love the outdoors. Great birding as well. Bring a camera and binoculars.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

There are 3 main areas to visit: forest, beach and museum. Flat, easy trails of different lengths provide great views of wildlife. Walk to the river, or around a pond. To enter, you pay (usually you need singles to put in the machine, $3) and cross the dam and park. You can fish on either side of the dam. There... More 

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016

We love to go to this area for shelling and just enough the sounds of the ocean away from crowds regardless of season.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

My wife and I stayed in Ponte Vedra and, except for enjoying dining and golfing experiences, had some trouble finding what else to do (we had explored St. Augustine last year). Hiking on the trails of this reserve was a great find. There must be at least 10 miles of trails that you can walk or cycle. The vegetation is... More 

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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

The $3 fee it takes to park is well worth it. This is one of my favorite places in the world. It has both the beach and the river with so much more in between. It's a nice break of quiet, old Florida in between Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine. It always amazes me to think that the landscape that... More 

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Lancaster, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

I like to hike in the woods, my wife likes the beach, so this location worked out very well. There is a parking lot just south of the entrance to the park next to a store. I went to the beach (across the road) for a short time, left my wife there and walked the path to the Guana River... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Guana River State Park is now part of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. The research reserve is on A1A, between St. Augustine and Jacksonville . It's over 60,000 acres are beaches, sand dunes, salt marshes, mangroves, tidal wetlands, tidal creeks, oyster beds, estuarine lagoons, maritime hardwood hammock, freshwater depression marshes, pond pine and shell mound forests. There... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Excellent education center and hiking trails. Great place to volunteer while enjoying Florida nature.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

This park provided a lovely day to my husband who likes to fish and me, a walker, bird watcher and history buff. Lovely trails that are very well marked and easy to traverse have large stops along the way with detailed history boards of the area. Occasional benches allow one to take a break. A boardwalk on the side of... More 

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