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 Jelks Preserve

2300 N. River Road, Venice
 The preserve has more than eight-miles of trails, including the 3.3-mile outer loop trail.
  • The trails are unpaved but accessible for most visitors.
  • Be prepared for Florida’s often extreme outdoor experiences by bringing water, sun block, a rain jacket and sturdy shoes.
  • All trail intersections are marked with numbered trail markers.
  • Some trails may flood after heavy rainfall and several trails may be wet year-round at intersections with creeks and ditches.

The preserve has limited parking and is accessible via a walk-thru gate.



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



 Trail Maps

Jelks Preserve.pdfJelks Preserve


  • Benches
  • Picnic shelters
  • Bordering Myakka River
  • Canoe landing
  • Unpaved trails
  • Limited parking
  • Dog friendly 


  • Birding
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking

 Other Information

Birds of the Jelks Preserve.pdfBirds of the Jelks Preserve
Jelks Preserve Self Guided Tour.pdfJelks Preserve Self Guided Tour
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Sarasota County, Florida
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