Hiking Guana Wildlife Management Area
The GTM Reserve and Guana Wildlife Management Area offer 22 miles of hiking trails through diverse ecosystems.
The trailhead for Guana River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is conveniently located off S. Roscoe Blvd., off of Palm Valley Rd., in Nocatee.
After entering Guana River WMA gate, there’s a small parking lot with a trail/legend board. The Guana River WMA trail system is vastly differing from the GTM Research Reserve’s system in that it’s mostly tall pines and sandy soil. Once you cross over into the GTM Reserve’s trail system, you’ll hike through a mostly dense oak forest.
The trails are color-coded in the GTM Reserve; however, they are not blazed in Guana River WMA but they are easy to follow. It’s 11 miles one-way from the Guana River WMA to the GTM Research Reserve. Once you get to the Reserve, you’ll find restrooms and a covered pavilion area for a quick bite and rest before heading back.
At a Glance Information for the Guana River Wildlife Management Area
Type of Trail: loop, 22 miles
Bug Factor: Moderate, bring bug spray
Restrooms: at GTM Research Reserve Trailhead
Open: Daily from 8 AM to sunset
Tips on How to be a Sustainable Ponte Vedra Beach Guest
- Stay on track. Staying on designated trails to prevent trampling on sensitive plants and animals.
- Keep it natural. By packing out what you bring in you’ll help keep the “natural” in our “natural areas.”
- Share the trail. Keep your eyes open for other hikers, cyclists and horseback riders.
- Stay chemical free. Stick to sunscreens that are free of oxybenzone and octinoxate, two of the most common ingredients found in chemical formulas.