Natural Area Parks, Preserves and Trails

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Discover Natural Sarasota

Did you know that Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources manages over 50,000 acres of natural areas?  Enjoy hiking, biking or horse riding through prairie hammocks and pine flatwoods. Find the natural area park perfect for you in the list of facilities below. 


Park Closures

8/1/17 - We work hard to keep parks safe and ready for you, however these parks are currently closed. Please  visit one of our many other sites and be sure to check back frequently for updates!

  • Deer Prairie Creek Preserve North, 7001 Forbes Trail, Venice - Closed due to seasonal flooding.
  •  Old Miakka Preserve, 251 Myakka Road, Sarasota - Closed due to seasonal flooding.
  •   Walton Ranch,  7020 North Toledo Blade Road, North Port - Closed due to seasonal flooding.
  •  Beginning Aug. 2, 2017 - Osprey Junction Trailhead, 939 E. Bay St., Osprey will be closed for                    approximately twelve months due to a road construction project. 
  • Beginning Aug 2, 2017 - The Laurel Road Utility Relocation project. The intersection of Laurel Road  and  The Legacy Trail will be closed. Trail users will be detoured to cross East of The Legacy Trail at Mission Valley Estates.  The project is expected to be completed in three months.

  • The Legacy Trail: continuous ongoing maintenance - trail open.  Please be cautious and slow down       where workers are present.



For information about upcoming nature walks, go to the Calendar of Events, select “Nature Walks” from the “All Events” drop down menu and click “GO.”