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 Legacy Trail

The Legacy Trail is the regional backbone of a recreational and nature based trail system connecting communities across Sarasota County and stretching into neighboring Charlotte County. The Legacy Trail offers several areas to stop, rest, learn about its history or just enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the trail.
The rest stops include seven trailheads which offer access points with free parking.
The trailheads are located at:

In addition to the trailheads, users will find rest station areas approximately every mile that offer places to sit and relax. 

On March 28, 2008, Sarasota County opened the largest public recreation project ever constructed in the area, The Legacy Trail. Totaling more than 10 miles in length the trail runs from just south of the city of Sarasota to Venice following the former CSX railroad corridor.

Purchased through a partnership between Sarasota County and the Trust for Public Land in December 2004 for $11.75 million, The Legacy Trail is the backbone of network of trails planned in Sarasota County.

The Legacy Trail is open from dawn to dusk with the rules for using the trail posted at various locations as well as at each trailhead entrance point.


 Final Report


 Report Appendices

Appendix A Photo Log.pdfAppendix A Photo Log
Appendix B Master Plan.pdfAppendix B Master Plan
Appendix C Environmental.pdfAppendix C Environmental
Appendix D Phase 1 ESA.pdfAppendix D Phase 1 ESA
Appendix E Drainage.pdfAppendix E Drainage
Appendix F Typical Sections.pdfAppendix F Typical Sections
Appendix G Plan RTT.pdfAppendix G Plan RTT
Appendix H Plan RWT.pdfAppendix H Plan RWT
Appendix I BDTM-rev.pdfAppendix I BDTM-rev
Appendix J Instructions.pdfAppendix J Instructions
Appendix K Cost Estimate.pdfAppendix K Cost Estimate

 The Secret’s Out!

​The secret’s out – Legacy Trail was named as a finalist in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Reader’s Choice awards for the Best Kept Local Secret.

 Trail Hours and Rules


Open year round from 6 a.m. - dusk.


 The Legacy Trail


 Legacy Trail Documents

Bay Street Park Trailhead.pdfBay Street Park Trailhead
History of the Legacy Trail.pdfHistory of the Legacy Trail
Laurel Park Trailhead.pdfLaurel Park Trailhead
Legacy Trail Feasibility Report.pdfLegacy Trail Feasibility Report
Legacy Trail Map.pdfLegacy Trail Map
Nokomis Community Park Trailhead.pdfNokomis Community Park Trailhead
Patriots Park Trailhead.pdfPatriots Park Trailhead
The Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway Park Map Guide.pdfThe Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway Park Map Guide
Trail Etiquette.pdfTrail Etiquette
Venice Train Depot Trailhead.pdfVenice Train Depot Trailhead
It Starts in Parks

 Legacy Trail Slide Show

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