The holiday season is a great time to bring the family and out-of-town guests to the GTM Research Reserve in Ponte Vedra Beach or the town of Marineland to hike the trails.
Encompassing almost 74,000 acres of estuary and uplands, the reserve offers nearly 10 miles of trails for walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, dog walking, nature viewing and picnicking. Horses and leashed pets are allowed on the Guana Ponte Vedra Beach trails. Dogs are allowed on the trail at Marineland.
Visitors can enjoy free guided trail and beach explorations. Explorers might see great blue herons, snowy egrets, storks, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, owls, deer, gopher tortoises, mussels, clams and oysters. If hiking on your own, maps are available in the Environmental Education Center and at the Marineland GTM field office.
The five northern trails are located near Guana Dam in Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County. The southern trail is at the River-to-Sea Preserve bordering the town of Marineland. The trails are open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. There is a $3 parking fee per vehicle at the Ponte Vedra Beach site.
For more information, call 904-823-4500 or click here to reserve a spot for one of the free guided explorations.