Sarasota County has more than 67,000 acres of natural lands to explore with a wide variety of hiking experiences.

  • Whether hiking with your family or your dog, Sarasota County has a variety of trails to choose from.
  • Opportunities range from short nature hikes and loop trails to intermediate nature hikes and more extensive wilderness experience hikes.
  • Popular hikes include birding and destination hikes to cultural/heritage features and scenic natural attributes.

Water and restroom facilities are not available in many of our parks and preserves, so please plan accordingly.

  • Most areas are wild, primitive and unpredictable so be aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance from wildlife.
  • In dog-friendly areas, please keep your dog on a leash at all times for the safety of your dog and the wildlife.
  • Keep in mind that some trails may be temporarily closed due to seasonal high water or land management activities.

Shady hikes

  • Circus Hammock (1.5 miles)
  • Curry Creek Preserve West
  • Pinecraft Park
  • Pocono Trail Preserve
  • Red Bug Slough Preserve (2 miles)
  • Sleeping Turtles Preserve North (4.7 miles)

Short nature trails and loop trails (two miles or less)

  • Bayonne Preserve (1.5 miles)
  • Circus Hammock (1.5 miles)
  • Curry Creek Preserve (1.5 miles)
  • Myakka Islands Point (2 miles)
  • Pinelands Reserve (.6 miles to 1.6 miles)
  • Pocono Trail Preserve (1 mile)
  • Red Bug Slough Preserve (2 miles)
  • Urfer Family Park (2 miles)

Intermediate nature hikes

  • Jelks Preserve (8 miles)
  • Old Miakka Preserve (4 miles)
  • Scherer Thaxton Preserve 
  • Sleeping Turtles Preserve South (5.5 miles)

Extensive nature hikes (wilderness experience)

  • Deer Prairie Creek Preserve (70 miles)
  • T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (80 miles)

Destination hikes

  • Deer Prairie Creek Preserve (Myakka River vistas and overlooks)
  • Jelks Preserve (Myakka River vistas and overlooks)
  • Shamrock Park (Intracoastal views)
  • Sleeping Turtles Preserve North (Myakka River vistas and overlooks)
  • Sleeping Turtles Preserve South (lake)
  • T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (Myakka River vistas)

Cultural/heritage hikes

  • Bayonne Preserve
  • Myakka Islands Point
  • Pocono Trail Preserve
  • T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve
  • Urfer Family Park
  • Venetian Waterway Park
  • Walton Ranch

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