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Terra Ceia Trail and South Restoration Trail Loop

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Emerson Point Preserve

Terra Ceia Trail and South Restoration Trail Loop is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmetto, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 6 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

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Alexis Pizzulo
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HikingBugs

Awesome hidden gem. Lots of shade and little dips and bends to keep you interested. The many loops make it so you can weave through the preserve on several routes to provide a longer trek. Highly recommend you bring bug spray, especially if you’re out during ‘peak bug hours’.

julie Robinson
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beautiful day for a walk, not too busy. I'm so glad the county is leaving preserves and parks open right now to get sunshine, fresh air, and scenery! easy walk, trails are super sandy. a few trees to climb over that have grown into path, but it just adds to three beauty. lots of benches to rest if needed.

Jeff Linenger
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Walking

Easy walk, plenty of overlooks of Tampa Bay/Skyway Bridge. A lot of birds this time of year. Definitely take the side trail to the Indian mound.

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James Jagodzinski
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Hiking

1.6 mile puppy walk 2-25-20

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Kathryn B.
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Hiking

Great trail! We loved going with our three kids. Historic mound site with varied terrain: water, forest/palm hammocks, oaks—gorgeous. Would definitely come back.

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Jennifer Hoover
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Hiking

We had a great time hiking the trail as a family. We found it fairly well marked and easy to follow. We will definitely be back the next time wrote are in the area.

Gary Majors
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HikingBugs

a nice easily accessed trail good for anyone including kids. There is a tower, maybe 30 feet high, that has a nice view of the skyway bridge. Easy walk you could do for lunch.

Anthony Antony
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Hiking

Wonderfully supposed of the trails here. Thought it would be small, but not.

Mark Rowell
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nice trail clean

Jeffrey Iden
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Love this trail. One of my favorites when visiting Florida.

Jeffrey Iden
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One of my favorites.

Tron Valentine
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Hiking

Great day hike trail! Good mix of shell paths and boardwalks to keep you interested. Several loops you can take which is great if you have to cut your walk short for any reason. My only criticism would be to have better markings on the shorter loops on how to access the perimeter waterside trail. Also it isn't marked clearly on the map, but the middle boardwalk DOES connect with the back perimeter trail!

Steve Diemand
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Hiking

Nice trail; easy walk w/lots of wildlife to see. This place has an launch area for canoe or kayak to get out in the bay. Caught all kinds of fish every time I’ve made it out that way. Saw turtles, manatees, porpoise, dolphin, a zillion birds in the area.

Bryan Allen
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Hiking

Great Trail. Nice Shade. Easy hike with the wife and kids.

S Baird
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Hiking

Easy trail with beautiful scenery. My kiddos especially enjoyed it.

William Bowles
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Hiking

FYI, there is no trail called Emerson Loop Trail. There are several named trails and if you combine them you can loop the park. Some are lacking in identification. But, as one local told me it is hard to get lost here, although I took a wrong turn and ended up walking an extra .5 mile. Typical FL trail; flat and sandy, or shell trails. Some boardwalks that will take you to the water where we witnessed manatees feeding near the mangroves.

Dee Mann
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nice little hike, kids like it

Katrin Jarvis
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Hiking

Always enjoyable

Dan Duvall
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Hiking

fun and short hike. really enjoy the views.

Steve Carroll
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Hiking

As a Gulf Coast Floridian, it is often difficult finding interesting hikes along Florida's beautiful west coast. Emerson Point is one of the exceptions. Views of the Skyway Bridge & mouth of Tampa Bay from the heavily venerated north shore are terrific. Lightly used even "in season", it feels like being lost in a jungle wilderness.

Terrance Wison
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Hiking

First FL hike did the north part of the loop with the lookout tower first day did the south loop with the Indian mound the second day. FLOWERS were a blooming!!! North part of loop along bay, was more primitive than the south part. Parking wasn't a problem at Indian Mound, pickup a map at info board.

William William Hebert
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Hiking

My girlfriend and I spent the afternoon walking the trial it was so beautiful. Seen some wild animals there to. The only down side was that there was not enough of trash cans. So people are throwing there trash on the ground. Maybe add a couple more trash cans!!

Rachel S
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Hiking

Beautiful

Melissa Ann
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Totally didn't expect to see so much beauty on this amazing historical trail! Clean restrooms, nice welcome center, beautiful views of the water, educational points along the way about the history of this amazing place and great for dog walking. I highly recommend visiting if you get the chance.

Wendy L.
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Walking

A perfect spot away from city life

Andrew Palsgrove
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Running

Shaded, flat, and sandy. A nice quiet loop in a really nice state park.

Trenton Strackbein
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Keith Marshall
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Hiking
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Nino Spampinato
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Nino Spampinato
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