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The Guana Trails

A hike along the Guana Trails is like taking a step back in time 450 years. Learn about this natural sanctuary on Florida's Historic Coast.

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
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Tips From the Experts

1. Park

Park at the West end of the Guana Dam, past the pay station, near the Trailhead Pavilion.

2. Read

Read the trail options on the map at the Trailhead Pavilion.

3. Get a Head Start

Go before 11 am. You’ll see more wildlife in the cooler parts of the morning, and it makes for an easier time on the trails.

4. Use Your Resources

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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