Myakka Wilderness Preserve is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sarasota, FL and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible from September until May.
Wonderful lake views in a very limited access place. Biked on the trails from Fox's Low Road to the junction with Island Road trail looping back to Fox's High road entrance. Oak canopies, open Prairies with palmettos and tall grass. Lots of birds, armadillos, squirrels, wild turkeys and deer. This is a sand road walk in full sun most of the way walking through open prairie. Not much wildlife but we did see the dung beetle and lots of birds. The area that goes to the lake is beautiful. The wilderness area is cool because it is limited to 30 people per day. We went on a Sunday and were the only ones there. We found two geocaches around the lake. Geocaching is fun because you have something to look for.
Very easy, we went as a group of about ten people, including toddlers. Watch out for gators. This is a nice half-day nature walk as an alternative to beach days.
What a beautiful park! There is so much to do and see here that it should make it onto any one's list when visiting the area.
This was a fun hike, because I enjoyed seeing the different plants and trees in the scrub forest, which are very different than the trees in the Midwest.
So much to do. Biking, boating, walking, guided tours. Did it twice loved it. Nature's wild life. Gift store and restaurant is expanding.
The trails near the trail head on the main road are well marked and we'll maintained, and easy, low stress, basic navigation skills. But to all the serious hikers and backpackers I'm Florida, check out there 38 miles of hiking only trails with I think 6 back country primitive spots. I'll warn you though, it is a prairie in most spots so plan water accordingly! Cheers
I ended up doing the North Loop a while back and ran into wild pigs on the trail. The only dont like is the trail seems more catered towards equestrians and not hikers. It was not very shady and very open spaced and the trail was mainly dirt/sand type. I plan on going back to do the South Loop and see how that is later when its cooler since there is not much shade.
South Loop: 7.4mi
North Loop: 5.4
The park is very nice. Beautiful views and wildlife. Primitive camping is the way to go at Myakka. The oak Grove campsite is about 15 miles from the trailhead. Overall great experience.
ood trails, easy to navigate. Nice views of the water.