Manatee River: Rye Wilderness Park to Fort Hamer

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Rye Preserve

Manatee River: Rye Wilderness Park to Fort Hamer is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Parrish, Florida that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for birding, canoeing, and sea kayaking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.1 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

paddle sports

bird watching

river

wildlife

hiking
6 months ago

There are a few short trails here, add them up and you could have a nice hike.i intend to come back and explore more.

hiking
Sat Jan 12 2019

Short trails but dogs enjoyed. Lots of water on Dec 24, 2018 especially in hog holes. Nice views of river. Not one other car that day.

paddle sports
Wed May 09 2018

Water shallow at spots, didn’t see much wildlife

hiking
Wed Apr 11 2018

Hike this preserve regularly. Several terrains and even elevation changes. The sandy trail leads to the very old Erasmus Rye cemetery. There's even remnants of an old burned out car and structure. The river is shallow enough to walk in many areas. Some off trail hiking takes you to old large orange trees that still produce fruit.

Thu Apr 05 2018

Pretty walk but kinds of short.

hiking
Sat Feb 10 2018

Tried to find the trail from the Fort Hamer side but couldn’t locate it. I don’t think this is actually a hiking trail.

hiking
Sat Oct 22 2016

Beautiful Florida trail

paddle sports
Wed May 22 2013

I canoed this river a few years ago, I remember there was a couple of rope swings, saw a pretty big gator and a dam at the end(going east). All in all it's a nice paddle had a good time and there was no one else there so had the hole river to ourselves!

hiking
Fri Feb 08 2013

Love this trail, almost never anyone on it. The red trail is very sandy but fun to walk. There is even a camp ground that is available for weekends.

paddle sports
3 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Sun Jun 23 2019

running
Wed Mar 21 2018

running
Sat Dec 23 2017

paddle sports
Tue Oct 10 2017

hiking
Sun Aug 06 2017

hiking
Mon Jan 02 2017

Fri Mar 11 2016