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#85 of 178 state parks in Florida

Best trails in Lake Manatee State Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Lake Manatee State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Lake Manatee State Park is located on the south shore of 2,400-acre (10 km2) Lake Manatee. Despite the name of the lake and park, visitors cannot actually see manatees at this park because of the dam on the Manatee River. Visitors can enjoy many activities such as canoeing, kayaking, freshwater fishing, swimming (permitted in a designated area of Lake Manatee). A large picnic area is nestled in a sand pine scrub area near the lake. A picnic pavilion may be reserved for a fee. Campers can enjoy full-facility camping, just a short walk from the lake. Fees $5 per vehicle

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Map of trails in Lake Manatee State Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(941) 741-3028
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Gopher Trail Loop
Lake Manatee State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 27 m
Lake Manatee State Park is a perfect example of the quiet and relaxed atmosphere that some of Florida's natural areas have to offer. Today, the 2,400 acre reservoir that makes up Lake Manatee supplies drinking water to Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Hiking trails traverse several types of ecosystems including mesic flatwoods and sand pine scrub. A variety of wildlife are common, including Indigo snakes, cottontail and marsh rabbits, bobcats, gray foxes, deer, and eagles. Show more
#2 - Lake Manatee East Loop
Lake Manatee State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m