In 2008, The Legacy Trail opened, providing more than 10 miles of trail from the Venice Train Depot to Culverhouse Nature Park.

Now 10 years later, an estimated 225,000 people annually use the trail. In addition to providing a safe, recreational trail for walking, bicycling and running, it provides direct access to the City of Venice and popular public beaches.

On Nov. 6, 2018, Sarasota County voters approved a referendum to acquire and improve The Legacy Trail extension railroad corridor as a safe trail for walking, running and cycling. The extension will also enhance connectivity from North Port through Venice to downtown Sarasota, and include improvements such as crossings, overpasses, amenities and increased accessibility.

Next Steps:

  • Create nearly 30 miles of non-motorized paved multi-use trail, which potentially could become a regional connection between Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto and Charlotte counties.
  • Provide access to local neighborhoods and place 27 schools within one linear mile of The Legacy Trail; another 45 would be within two linear miles.
  • Enhance connectivity from the City of North Port through Venice to downtown Sarasota.
  • Support access to Siesta Beach, Nathan Benderson Park, Ed Smith Stadium (Baltimore Orioles spring training facility) and the Youth Athletic Complex (an international Supercross BMX training facility) all economic drivers to Sarasota County.


Legacy Trail RR crossing
Riders on the Trail

Legacy Trail Documents