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 Deer Prairie Creek Preserve

 
North Entrance - 7001 Forbes Trail, Venice
South Entrance - 10201 South Tamiami Trail, Venice
While walking the preserve’s trails, visitors will see a variety of native habitats including pine flatwoods, prairie hammock and seasonal wetlands.
  • Portions of the trails provide scenic overlooks along the banks of the Myakka River and Deer Prairie Creek.  
The preserve has more than 70-miles of hiking trails, which are unpaved but accessible for most visitors.
  • All trail intersections are marked with numbered trail markers and certain trails may be shared by hikers, bicyclists and equestrian users.
  • The trails are primitive and rated easy to moderately difficult.
  • Trails may be flooded during the summer months and after extended periods of heavy rainfall.
  • Several trails may be wet year-round where they intersect creeks and ditches.
  • Water, sun block, insect repellant, a rain jacket and sturdy shoes are recommended for hiking. 
 

 South Entrance

 

​South entrance: located at 10201 South Tamiami Trail in Venice offers access to the following amenities:

  • Parking lot
  • Hiking trails
  • Fishing
  • Picnic shelters (1 ADA accessible shelter) and tables
  • Benches
  • Canoe and kayak launch (NOTE: if kayaking, you will need to plan your kayak trip during a high tide. Follow the El Jobean tidal tables - go to this link for up-to-date tidal tables
  • Canoe and kayak trailer parking
  • The south entrance does not accommodate equestrian access or use. All equestrian activity is available via the north entrance only. 
 

 North Entrance

 

​North entrance: located at 7001 Forbes Trail in Venice offers access to the following amenities:

  • Parking lot
  • Hiking trails
  • Equestrian trails (*Proof of current negative Coggins test must accompany you at all times)
  • Horse trailer parking lot
  • Horse watering trough
  • Picnic shelters and tables
  • Benches
  • Portable restroom
  • Canoe/kayak landing (NOTE: accessible from the river only!)
  • North entrance does not provide access to the canoe and kayak launch located at the southern half of the Preserve.  
 

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 Information

 

Hours

7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
April through October

7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
November through March

For additional information call the Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or email parksonline@scgov.net

 

 Amenities

 
  • Benches
  • Canoe/kayak launch
  • Fishing
  • Parking
  • Picnic shelters
  • Restrooms-portable
  • Trails​
  • Dog friendly
 

 Trail Maps

 
  
  
Deer Prairie Creek Preserve (east).pdfDeer Prairie Creek Preserve (east)
Deer Prairie Creek Preserve (west).pdfDeer Prairie Creek Preserve (west)
Deer Prairie Creek Preserve.pdfDeer Prairie Creek Preserve
 

 Directions (South)

 
 

 Directions (North)

 
 

 Additional Information

 
  
  
Deer Prairie Creek Land Management PlanDeer Prairie Creek Land Management Plan.pdf
Deer Prairie Creek PreserveDeer Prairie Creek Preserve.pdf
Deer Prairie Creek Preserve Equestrian Trails MapDeer Prairie Creek Preserve Equestrian Trails Map.pdf


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Sarasota County, Florida
941-861-5000
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or 1-800-955-8771
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