Sarasota County offers miles of trails and thousands of acres to explore in our natural area parks and preserves. Walks often focus on a blooming wildflower, rare or endangered animals, different habitats, or historical and cultural features.

This provides an in-depth experience for participants to learn the natural history or the human history of prehistoric Indians or settlers during a walk.

There are easy strolls on paved trails and longer hikes on winding footpaths through pristine woodlands. Our featured walks, which are led by local experts and park naturalists, provide an opportunity to explore the beautiful natural world around us.

Many Nature Walks are available for enrollment online. Once you create your account, you will be able to register for a variety of walks. Click here to see a list of walks that are available for online registration.

Types of walks

  • Birds    
  • Plants
  • Wildlife
  • Botany
  • Butterflies/ dragonflies
  • Astronomy
  • Fitness/wellness

What to bring on a nature walk

Participants on county nature walks should wear suitable clothes and shoes for walking. Plan for sun protection (hats, sunglasses and sun screen) and should have water with them. Most walks are less than 2 miles in distance and are 1.5-2 hours in duration. Walks may be on paved or natural unpaved surfaces. Cameras and/or binoculars are encouraged!

  • Carlton Reserve (T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve)

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    1. Address:1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway
      Venice, FL 34292
    Amenities:
    1. Bicycling
    2. Birding
    3. Camping
    4. Canoe/Kayak Launch
    5. Historical / Cultural Resource
    6. Picnicking
    7. Restroom
    8. Shelter / Pavilion
    9. Trail - Equestrian
    10. Trail - Unpaved
    11. Wildlife Viewing
    Categories:
    1. Boat and Kayak Launches
    2. Natural Areas and Nature Centers
    3. Trails
    4. Water Access Parks

Enjoy Carlton Reserve

Park Hours: 6 a.m. to sunset

Carlton Reserve Trail Map

Carlton Reserve Nature/Bike Trail Map

Carlton Reserve Nature Trails Kiosk

  • Enjoy biking, birding, hiking, primitive camping and paddling.
  • 100+ miles of trails/horseback riding.
  • 12-mile Myakka Island Wilderness Trail continues north to Myakka River State Park.
  • Campsites and pavilions can be booked up to one year in advance by calling 941-861-7275.

 

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