Brimming with wildlife and vegetation, the GTM Research Reserve is a great option for hikers and cyclists offering an extensive trail system with five different trails to choose from – Yellow (2.2 miles), Orange (2 miles), Blue (2.1 miles), Purple (3.3 miles) and Red (5.8 miles).
As you explore, be mindful that you’ll be sharing the trail with other cyclists, hikers, dog walkers – maybe even riders on horseback. Opportunities to view wildlife may be plentiful. Keep your eyes open for deer, owls, gopher tortoise as well as some avian species including snowy egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, pelicans and more.
You can easily experience much of the Guana Trails by bike. Parking is available on the Dam or at the Trailhead Pavilion for $3 a day, cash only. After you pay your fee, you’ll cross the Guana Dam (an excellent fishing spot!) to an unpaved road and the Trailhead Pavilion where you'll find a map of the trails.
Your adventure begins on the Yellow Trail and traverses a variety of habitats including freshwater savannas, scrub, live oak hammocks, and salt marshes. There are a series of benches along the way for resting and taking in the scenery of this unique environment.