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 T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve

1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice
field of wildflowers
The Reserve has more than 80 miles of hiking trails.
  • The 12 mile Myakka Island Wilderness Trail, connects the Carlton Reserve with Myakka River State Park Reserve
  • Equestrian trails are provided.
    • a negative Coggins test is required for all horses that enter the reserve. 
  • Most trail intersections have numbered trail markers.
  • Some trails may flood after heavy rainfall and several trails that cross creeks and ditches may be wet year round.
Purchased in 1982, for the purposes of developing a wellfield to provide drinking water for the county. 24,565-acres are set aside for natural resource protection and nature-based recreation.

 Additional Information

Birds of the Carlton Reserve.pdfBirds of the Carlton Reserve
Carlton Reserve Land Management Plan.pdfCarlton Reserve Land Management Plan

 Volunteer Opportunities

For information to volunteer at the Reserve call the Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

 Crane and chick


 Park Information



  • April-October 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • November-March 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

For additional information or reservations,
call the Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or email

Google map to park

Carlton Public Use 2011.pdf
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 Trail and Land Use Maps

Carlton Public Land Use Map.pdfCarlton Public Land Use Map
T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve Trail Map.pdfT. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve Trail Map



The public park of the Reserve has ample parking, a visitor's center and interpretive nature trails for shorter hikes.  

  • Canoe/kayak launch (Border Road entrance)
  • Camping - Primitive Camping by reservation/permit only (call 861-5000).
  • Picnic shelter-reservable
  • Picnic tables
  • Primitive Campsites
  • Restrooms
  • Trails-paved and unpaved
The "Friends of the Carlton Reserve" offer a variety of nature based and active recreation programs November through April.
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