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 Sleeping Turtles Preserve North

3462 Border Road, Venice
Sleeping Turtles Preserve
This 174-acre preserve consists of four parcels of land that were purchased through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. The Preserve is named after Sleeping Turtles, a landmark on the Myakka River noted on naval maps from the 1800’s.
herons on the ground
  • The preserve is split by Border Road with the parking area and leashed pet access located ONLY on the north side of the road.
  • Dogs are NOT allowed at the portion south of Border Road.
  • The preserve has more than five miles of hiking trails, including a river trail, which allows for open viewing of the Wild and Scenic Myakka River.
  • The hiking trails are unpaved but accessible for most visitors.
  • All trail intersections are marked with numbered trail markers.
  • Some trails may flood after heavy rainfall and several trails may be wet year-round where they intersect creeks and ditches.
Myakka river




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

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 Trail Maps

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  • Public access
  • Limited parking
  • Picnic shelters
  • Picnic tables
  • Nature trails
  • Kayak/canoe landing
  • Fishing Pier
  • Dog friendly 
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Sarasota County, Florida
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