Natural Area Parks, Preserves and Trails

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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 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.

Park Closures

Updated 10/12/17 - 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!

  • Circus Hammock, 4572 17th St., Sarasota - Closed due to flooding.
  • Rothenbach Park, 8650 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota - Closed for extended period to support storm collection debris.
  • The Legacy Trail: continuous ongoing maintenance - trail open. 
    • Please be cautious and slow down where workers are present.
    • Due to excessive rains please take precautions for potential downed trees blocking the trail.
  • Osprey Junction Trailhead, 939 E. Bay St., Osprey will be closed for approximately twelve months 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.

  • Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park

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

 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 Eastern Ranchlands, including Carlton Reserve.

Campsites can be reserved up to one year in advance by calling 941-861-7275.



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