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

  • Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

    MCEP view of creek2
    1. Address:6968 Reisterstown Road
      North Port, FL 34291
    1. Bicycling
    2. Birding
    3. Camping
    4. Dog-Friendly (leash required)
    5. Picnicking
    6. Restroom
    7. Shelter / Pavilion
    8. Trail - Equestrian
    9. Trail - Unpaved
    10. Wildlife Viewing
    1. Natural Areas and Nature Centers
    2. Trails

Park Hours: 6 a.m. to sunset

Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Map

Activities: hiking, horseback riding and primitive camping (by reservation).

  • Four miles of multi-use trails along a blackwater creek lined with century-old oaks.
  • A natural area where visitors can enjoy an old Florida nature experience.
  • Trailhead to Big Slough Preserve.

Campsites can be reserved up to one year in advance by calling 941-861-5000.


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