The Guana Trails
A hike along the Guana Trails is like taking a step back in time. Like, 450 years ago. This natural sanctuary looks just as it did when Ponce de Leon first spotted the area in 1503 and named it La Florida for Spain.
Located within the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve), there are five hiking options ranging from shorter hikes of approximately 2 miles, to a longer 5.8-mile hike. All hikes begin at the Trailhead Pavilion. Additional pre-hike interpretation is available at the Environmental Education Center as you enter the GTM Research Reserve. There are also guided hikes and indoor presentations often available and their availability can be determined by calling the GTM. A series of benches are provided along the hikes providing multiple locations to stop and take a break.
“After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.” G.M. Trevelyan
Tips From the Experts
Park at the West end of the Guana Dam, past the pay station, near the Trailhead Pavilion.
Read the trail options on the map at the Trailhead Pavilion.
Go before 11am. You’ll see more wildlife in the cooler parts of the morning, and it makes for an easier time on the trails.
Visit the Environmental Education Center to learn more about the ecosystem throughout the GTM.
Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein more
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