Experience a slice of old Florida at the Rye Preserve. You don't have to travel far, the Rye Preserve is closer than you think. Rye Preserve is a 145 acre property located just northwest of the Lake Manatee Dam. The preserve features nature trails, horseback trails, picnic areas, a playground and a canoe/kayak launch. The preserve's trail system leads visitors through four distinctive ecosystems, including sand pine scrub, xeric oak scrub, oak hammocks and the river community. A variety of interesting creatures can be seen in these areas including the rare gopher tortoise and Florida scrub-jay.
Rye Preserve is home to a piece of Manatee County's early pioneer history. Within the preserve visitors can view the Rye Family Cemetery, the last remaining reminder of the old Rye river community. Historical site includes the Rye Family Cemetery.
Meeting FacilitiesInformation Available
Maps Available, Printed guides available
Visitor ServiceTours & Transfers
Birding, Camping, Canoeing, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Kayaking, Natural Wildlife Viewing, Playground, Swimming, Tubing
AttractionTours & Transfers
Bicycle Trails, Hiking/Nature Trails, Horseback Riding TrailsArts & Culture
Historic AttractionsNature & Outdoor
Archaeological Site, City/County Park, Nature Preserve, Protected Species Habitat