Hiking

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Sarasota County has over 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 wide variety of trails from which to choose.
  • Opportunities range from short nature hikes and loop trails, to intermediate nature hikes to 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, for the safety of your dog and the wildlife, please keep your dog on a leash at all times.
  • Keep in mind that some trails may be temporarily closed due to seasonal high water or land management activities.

 

Family-Friendly Hiking

  • Lemon Bay Park
  • Pinecraft Park
  • Red Bug Slough Preserve
  • Rothenbach Park
  • Shamrock Park
  • Urfer Family Park

Dog-Friendly Hiking

  • Circus Hammock Preserve
  • Culverhouse Park
  • Curry Creek Preserve West
  • Jelks Preserve
  • Legacy Trail
  • Lemon Bay Park
  • Manasota Scrub Preserve (East side only)
  • Pocono Trail Preserve
  • Red Bug Slough Preserve
  • Sleeping Turtles Preserve North (4.7 miles)
  • Urfer Family Park (2 miles)

 

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 (2 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

 

Birding Hotspots

  • Bayonne Preserve
  • Celery Fields
  • Curry Creek Preserve East
  • Jelks Preserve
  • Lemon Bay Park
  • Miakka Islands Point
  • Old Miakka Preserve
  • Pinecraft Park
  • Pinelands Reserve
  • Red Bug Slough Preserve
  • Rothenbach Park
  • Scherer Thaxton Preserve
  • Shamrock Park
  • South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve
  • T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Preserve
  • Walton Ranch

Links:

            https://public.myfwc.com/maps/birdtrip/default.aspx