Duette Preserve


Duette Preserve Drive-in Access and Camping closed for Thanksgiving Weekend

The Check Station will be closed Saturday, November 27 and there will be no drive-in access or camping this weekend. The preserve's walkthrough entrances and trails will remain open sunrise to sunset.

At over 21,000 acres, the Duette Preserve is the largest Preserve in Manatee County. It is located in the northeastern part of the County and contains the headwaters of Manatee River.

A wide variety of game and non-game animals can be found out at Duette Preserve, including species of special concern such as the burrowing owl, snowy egret, white ibis, gopher tortoise, and at least three endangered/threatened species, the Florida scrub jay, the Florida panther, and the Eastern indigo snake.

Duette Preserve is host to many of the native plant communities throughout Manatee County, providing protection and preservation of pine flatwoods, hardwood swamps, xeric oak scrub, depression marsh, and vast dry prairie.

View the Duette Preserve Brochure for more information.


Duette Check Station (Open Saturdays only)
2649 Rawls Road
Duette, FL 34219

Parking is available at three different locations. One is on Bear Bay Road. The second is near the end of Logue Road. The third is off of Duette Road at Trail One. Please refer to the trails map.

Hours & Fees

Duette Preserve is closed during certain weekends for the Hunt Program. See calendar of weekend closures.

Outside of hunt weekends, Duette Preserve's walk-through gates are open daily from sunrise to sunset to pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian traffic.

To enter Duette Preserve by vehicle, you must visit during office hours.

  • Hours: Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $2.80 per vehicle, plus tax

Annual passes to Duette Preserve are available by filling out and returning the Annual Activities Pass.

Things to Do

Horseback Riding:  Allowed on designated riding trails. Horses are not provided. Proof of a negative Coggins Test must be available upon request for each horse. Designated horse staging areas are provided.

Primitive Camping: Tent camping is available Friday and Saturday Nights during non-hunt weekends. $20 plus tax per site (maximum 6 people at site)

Weekend Closings

Duette Preserve is CLOSED to visitors during the following Hunt Program Weekends: