Natural Area Parks, Preserves and Trails

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Park Closures: 

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.

  • 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 (re-open expected fall 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.

  • Shamrock Park and Nature Center, 3900 Shamrock Drive, Venice:  Tennis Court Renovations to begin Jan. 22, 2018.  Tennis Courts one and two will be closed during renovations for approximately two weeks. Please note Shamrock Park and Nature Center remains open.

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.

MIP East side of Island2
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