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. 

Events

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.

  • Circus Hammock

    CircusHammock
    1. Address:4572 17th St.
      Sarasota, FL 34235
    Amenities:
    1. Birding
    2. Dog-Friendly (leash required)
    3. Picnicking
    4. Trail - Unpaved
    5. Wildlife Viewing
    Categories:
    1. ESLPP Sites
    2. Natural Areas

Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff is assessing the impacts of Hurricane Irma and working diligently to re-open all the parks, preserves, facilities and beaches. Currently, the Circus Hammock is closed until the assessment is complete.


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