Discover Natural Sarasota

Did you know that Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources manages over 50,000 acres of natural areas?

Enjoy hiking, biking or horseback riding through prairie hammocks and pine flatwoods. Find the natural area park perfect for you in the list of facilities below. 


For information about upcoming nature walks, go to the Activity Search for the Calendar of Events, select “Nature Walks” from the drop-down menu and click “GO.”

Primitive Camping

Enjoy a night in the wild at T. Marby Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve or Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. Primitive campsites can be reserved up to one year in advance by calling 941-861-7275.

Natural Areas and Birding Guides

  • Pocono Trail Preserve

    1. Address:189 Pocono Trail E.
      Nokomis, FL 34275
    1. Birding
    2. Dog-Friendly (leash required)
    3. Picnicking
    4. Trail - Unpaved
    5. Wildlife Viewing
    1. Natural Areas and Nature Centers
    2. Trails

Park Hours: 6 a.m. to sunset


 Pocono Trail Preserve Map

This 8.2-acre preserve, purchased in 2002 through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program, shares the same name as the street where it is located. The name has historical significance originating with Dr. Fred Albee, an early settler of Nokomis.

  • While exploring the preserve’s network of trails, visitors may see diverse natural communities, including maritime hammock, tidal swamp and scrubby flatwoods.
  • Visitors can observe gopher tortoises, grey squirrels, and an assortment of wading birds such as the Little Blue Heron, Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Snowy Egret, White Ibis and Wood Stork.
Dog-Friendly (Dogs allowed on leash in designated areas)


palm trees    

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