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Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

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Emerson Point Preserve is a 365 acre preserve located at the tip of Snead Island in western Palmetto. At Emerson Point, visitors can take in the beauty of Florida's wildlife and native plant communities while exploring both prehistoric and historic sites.

Historical resources include the Portavant Temple Mound, southwest Florida's largest Native American Temple Mound, and the surrounding midden complex. A Welcome/Ranger Station is open Friday and Saturday for visitors to the preserve.

Multi-use trails and boardwalks are aligned so that the natural habitat and cultural resources will be protected. There are two small picnic shelters available for small gatherings. There is also a large ten table picnic shelter available for rental/reservation. A canoe/kayak launch allows access to the tidal canals and Terra Ceia Bay.
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  • My husband and I enjoy walking the local preserves in our area, but I have to say Emerson is my favorite one. Being in Florida, shade is priceless most of the year ans Emerson offers shaded paths, it ...  more »
  • You can walk, or bike many parts - (except the trails - no bikes there) It is a relaxing afternoon and very enjoyable. This weekend happened to have a bird watching group there.  more »
  • Amazing place! Walking on the very same ground that many native indians once lived and the village once stood .Time had somehow turned back and I could see their village and all the people that once lived there.Nice board walks, railings, and carved wooden posters informing the public of such a great nation and people that once stood there. My thanks to PARKS AND RECREATION OF MANATEE COUNTY.Well done!
  • This is the best park in Palmetto and arguably in the whole County. Beautiful trails traverse Mangrove forests, uplands, freshwater ponds, tropical hammock, and an ancient native American shell mound. Have a picnic, go fishing, swimming, launch your boat, walk the shaded trails. Tons of wildlife to observe and enjoy.

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