Natural Area Parks, Preserves and Trails

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Park Closures

Updated 12/12/17 - We work hard to keep parks safe and ready for you, however these parks are currently closed.
Please visit one of our many other sites and be sure to check back frequently for updates!

  • Rothenbach Park, 8650 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota - Closed for extended period to support storm collection debris. Expected reopen will be in January.
  • The Legacy Trail: continuous ongoing maintenance - trail open. 
    • Please be cautious and slow down where workers are present.


  • Osprey Junction Trailhead, 939 E. Bay St., Osprey will be closed for approximately twelve months (Oct 2018) due to a road construction project. 
  • The intersection of Laurel Road and The Legacy Trail will be closed due to the Laurel Road Utility Relocation project.Trail users will have to detour to cross east of The Legacy Trail at Mission Valley Estates. The project is expected to be completed in three months.

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 horse 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 "wild" night 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.

  • Old Miakka Preserve

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    1. Address:251 Myakka Road
      Sarasota, FL 34240
    1. Birding
    2. Picnicking
    3. Shelter / Pavilion
    4. Trail - Unpaved
    5. Wildlife Viewing
    1. ESLPP Sites
    2. Natural Areas
    3. Trails

Please note: This location is closed due to seasonal flooding. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit one of our many other sites and check back frequently for updates. Thank you!

  • The preserve offers visitors approximately one mile of shady, unmarked trails which are unpaved but accessible for most visitors.
  • Most of the trails are primitive and rated easy.
  • Water, sunblock, a rain jacket, insect repellant and sturdy shoes are recommended for walking.
  • The preserve has very limited parking along the right-of-way. If space is unavailable, additional parking is located at the nearby Nokomis Community Center.
  • Visitors can walk two blocks and access the preserve via walk-thru gates.
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