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 Red Bug Slough Preserve

5200 Beneva Road, Sarasota
This 72-acre preserve was purchased in 2000 and 2001 through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program with funding assistance provided by Florida Communities Trust. Red Bug Slough Preserve is a remnant piece of natural Florida nestled in the midst of suburban Sarasota.
  • The preserve has several miles of hiking trails, a small playground, picnic shelters and a fishing dock.
  • The hiking trails are unpaved but accessible for most visitors.
  • Some trails may flood after heavy rainfall and several trails may be wet year-round where they cross creeks and ditches.
The preserve has limited parking and a walk-thru gate near the Beneva Road entrance and is accessible on foot or by bicycle at several other walk-thru entrances.
Leashed pets are permitted on trails and in public use areas.
For more information about Red Bug Slough Preserve, call 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.



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

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

Virtual Tour of Red Bug Slough


 Trail Maps

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  • ​​Benches
  • Butterfly garden
  • Fishing pier/dock
  • Parking is limited
  • Picnic shelters
  • Restrooms
  • Trails

 Slough Photos

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View of the slough
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Gulf Fritillary butterfly 
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