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GTM Research Reserve
Environmental Education Center
505 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
(904) 823-4500

Hours of Operation and Fees

The Environmental Education Center
Open daily, 9 am -4 pm with the exception of state holidays
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children age 10 - 17 and free for children under age 10.
(GTM Research Reserve annual pass holders get in free!)

GTM trails and Guana beach parking areas
Open daily, 8 am to sunset, 365 days a year.
Parking fee: $3 per vehicle

GTM Guana River Dam Use Area
Open daily for fishing, 4 am - 11 pm.
Parking fee: $3 per vehicle

GTM Research Reserve Annual Passes are available for $53 at the GTM Environmental Education Center.

Recreational activities at GTM Research Reserve include: hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking or canoeing, bird-watching, picnicking, sunbathing and much more.

Hiking and biking are popular along the ten miles of nature trails and old service roads that wind through the hammock, scrub and flatwoods in the interior portion of GTM Research Reserve. Horseback riding is allowed on the trails, weekdays excluding holidays. Access to the trails is at the west end of the Guana River Dam. Ticks and biting insects are common throughout the year and are especially heavy from late April through early September.

There are two small boat ramps at Guana Dam. One ramp provides access to Guana Lake (aka Lake Ponte Vedra). Guana Lake has a 10 hp maximum engine limit. The other boat ramp provides access to Guana River. Due to mudflats, Guana River may not be navigated at low tide and you may not be able to get to and from the ramp until the tide comes in.

Three beach parking lots are located along A1A. Park here and walk across A1A to the beach dune walkovers that will lead you to a beautiful coquina sand beach. There are no lifeguards at the beach. The south beach parking lot is wheelchair accessible.

Note: Horseback riding on the beach - Please see St. Johns County's link for additional information - http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/HCP/Riding.aspx

The GTM Research Reserve's Environmental Education Center provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the many functions of the coastal and estuarine ecosystem and the natural history of Northeast Florida. The center contains natural & cultural history exhibits, aquariums, an audiovisual theatre/auditorium, and a nature store. Indoor scavenger hunts available for all ages!

Additional Location

GTM Research Reserve
Marineland Office
9741 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 461-4054
Hours of operation: M - F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

GTM Research Reserve trail map

GTM Research Reserve Trail Map

Boardwalk over dunes

Boardwalks provide beach access without damaging vegetation.

Runners on trail

Trails are used by hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and even running events.


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Last updated: July 16, 2014

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