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 Sleeping Turtles Preserve South

2800 N. River Road, Venice

This 213-acre preserve was purchased in 2002 through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program. Today, one may find “sleeping” turtles basking on fallen trees along the river.
  • The system of accessible trails is marked and includes intimate short loops as well as service roads and firebreaks.
  • These are unpaved but accessible for most visitors.
  • Some trails may flood after heavy rainfall.
  • The preserve has limited parking along the road shoulders and is accessible via walk-thru gates at the northeast corner of the intersection of east Venice Avenue and North River Road as well as near the northeast corner of the intersection of North River Road and the southbound entrance ramp to Interstate 75, Exit 191.

 Preserve Hours

April through October
7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
November through March
7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
For more information about Sleeping Turtles Preserve South, call 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.

 Trail Maps

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