Hiking the GTM
Hiking the GTM

Hiking the Guana, Timucuan, South Point Loop Trail

Looping the peninsula of land between the Guana River and the Tolomato River, the trails within the GTM Research Reserve are one of North Florida’s most beautiful places to hike.

The trails within the GTM Research Reserve offer hikers a variety of options in diverse environmental habitats.

Go earlier in the day for the best opportunities to view wildlife such as deer, owls, gopher tortoise and many species of forest birds. As you explore, be aware that you may be sharing the trail with cyclists, horseback riders, and other hikers.

Easy parking is available at the Guana Dam or the Trailhead ($3 day use fee, cash only). Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear bug spray. The Guana, Timucuan, South Point Loop Trail Loop is a 9.2-mile hike that begins on the Purple Trail and loops in the Red Trail where you’ll find yourself at the southern end of the peninsula. The trail is moderately trafficked and features a shady maritime hammock with beautiful wildflowers and wildlife.

This trail is good for all skill levels and dogs on leashes are welcome.

Must Sees on the Trail: Marker 2, explore the large Timucuan midden and see the remains of La Natividad de Nuestra Senora de Tolomato, the fist Spanish mission in the New World.

Experience Hiking at the GTM

Hikers may see gopher tortoise grazing on vegetation. If you see one near the shore, please do not put it in the water. This land dwelling reptile is more digger than swimmer!

At a Glance Information for Hiking the Guana, Timucuan, South Point Loop Trail Loop

Type of Trail: Loop, 9.2 miles

Fees/Permits:
$3 day use fee, cash only paid at Guana Dam

Points of Interest:
South Point (south end of peninsula); Timucuan midden; La Natividad de Nuestra Senora de Tolomato; Shell Bluff; Big Savanna Pond

Trail Blaze Colors:
Trails are color coded in the GTM Reserve

Difficulty:
Easy to moderate

Bug Factor:
Moderate, bring bug spray

Restrooms:
at Guana Dam, Trailhead and Environmental Education Center

Open:
Daily from 8 AM to sunset

Be a Sustainable PVB Guest!

Limit your impact to the surrounding areas by being a “Sustainable Ponte Vedra Beach Guest” – keep these recommendations in mind on your next hiking adventure.

Tips on How to be a Sustainable Ponte Vedra Beach Guest

  • Stay on track. Staying on designated trails to 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.”
  • Bring your own. Make sure to bring your reusable water bottle and refill it at the GTM Environmental Education Center
  • Share the trail. Keep your eyes open for other hikers, dog walkers 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.
  • Education is key. Stop by the GTM Environmental Education Center to better understand these unique ecosystems.

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