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Galt Preserve, Saint James City

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Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Galt Preserve (GP) totals 265 acres and is made up of three separately purchased C20/20 acquisitions; two parcels were acquired in 2002, while a third parcel was acquired in early 2007. The Preserve is located approximately 7 miles south of Pine Island Center just north of York Road in St. James City. GP consists of twelve plant communities; the dominant ones include mangrove swamps and mesic flatwoods. Galt Preserve is home to variety of animal species including bobcat, white ibis, snowy egrets, little blue herons and American alligators. A pair of bald eagles has recently built a nest on the Preserve since monocultures of invasive exotic melaleuca trees have been removed.

Once major restoration projects are completed, amenities will be installed making it more user friendly for hiking, bird watching, photography and fishing. All amenities will be build with a grant from the Florida Communities Trust. Currently, there is a pedestrian walk through off of Stringfellow Road and the fence lines and fire lines are available for hiking. Please use caution, they are not regularly mowed and may be muddy or underwater.
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  • This is an interesting short hike on well maintained, level trails. Suitable for all abilities. Views of a pond, trees and plants are labeled. There is a clean restroom in the parking area.  more »
  • Assortment of trails for exercising your dog and felt safe. The only park on this end of the island that allows dogs. The park needs to keep the doggie bags better stocked as we were here for the...  more »
  • Facilities are almost new. Observation decks over the waterways AR nicely done and perfect for fishing as well. Well kept Paz lead around the waterways in The Preserve. Some are paved and some are grass but all are well groomed. There are nice picnic spots both near the parking area and short distances down a few trails.
  • This Park is always very Clean!!! Even the small outhouse style bathroom was VERY Clean and well stocked and still big enough for wheelchair. Walking trails are well maintained and park is pet friendly. Have visited this park many times. & Will be back again.

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