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Emerson Point Preserve

(7.2 miles from The Cove)
5801 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221
Pets allowed
Best Phone: (941) 742-5923

Beach, fishing, grills, 3 pavilions, restrooms, kayak & paddle board rental, hike & bike trails, observation tower, and recorded history and information regarding various ancient civilizations. 

This popular place has something for everyone. A paved bike trail (1.5 miles) starts at the entrance and leads to the end of the peninsula. Here, you can picnic and walk along a beach front trail. The hiking trails (about 3 miles) takes you to the various attraction points on the peninsula. An observation tower provides a breath taking view of Terra Ceia Bay, Tampa Bay, Manatee River, the Gulf of Mexico and the Skyway bridge. It’s spectacular!

Lastly, there has been much history unearthed at the Portavant Temple Mound. The mound is estimated to be over 1200 years old and rises up 150 feet with towering oaks at the summit. In ancient times, the mingling of fresh and salt water meant a diverse and plentiful fishing ground and a good place to gather shellfish and salt. Over time, various peoples have settled there leaving layer over layer of evidence about their daily lives and customs. The Portavant Mound remains a place of great interest for archeological research and learning. 

Emerson Point is well loved by those who visit: Visit Google Reviews 

Summary of popular activities: picnics, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, birdwatching, pioneer history. 

See Emerson Point Preserve!

Manatee county features Emerson Point's terrain, activities, structures, walking paths, the mounds, and more.

In this video, ABC Action News: "The Walking Club" highlights Emerson Point Preserve as a hidden gem.

Kayaking and Paddle boarding

Exploration and adventure by kayak or paddle board are popular activities at Emerson.  Kayak Jack’s  will deliver all the paddling equipment necessary for you group with a 24 hour advanced reservation. You must call (941) 538-1448 in order to insure availability of the equipment and to confirm a reservation.  Kayak Jack’s also provides a 2 hour guided Eco Tour through the trails of Emerson!

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