The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature center has reopened its nature trails and boardwalks to the public.
The Research Reserve is on Island Drive in Eastpoint right before the St. George Island Bridge.
The Reserve has been closed for the past year because of COVID, but last week they reopened their boardwalk and trail system to the public so you can go out there and take a walk while learning more about local ecosystems.
A walk can take you through a coastal hammock shaded by live oak and magnolia trees and a slash pines forest that opens up in to a freshwater marsh.
You can often see ospreys, eagles, box turtles, skinks and even an occasional black bear.
The boardwalk ends overlooking the Apalachicola Bay where you can use a powerful scenic telescope to see across the bay.
People who walk the trails will also see a series of quotes from noted authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The quotes are there to serve as momentary inspiration to help visitors connect with the nature that surrounds them.
The Nature Center has nearly 1/2 of a mile of raised wooden boardwalks that traverse the Reserve’s 28 acres.
Dogs are welcome on the boardwalks and beach, but must be kept on a leash at all times and picked up after.
The reserve is located at 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint – it is open from 9 to 4 Monday through Friday.