One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the states most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. The parks river and two lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a boat ramp provides access to Upper Myakka Lake. Hikers can explore trails that cross large expanses of rare Florida dry prairie. Scenic lake tours are offered daily on the worlds two largest airboats. Safari tram tours of the parks backcountry are offered from mid-December through May. Full-facility campgrounds and primitive campsites are available. Five palm log cabins, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, have been modernized for comfortable lodging. Located nine miles east of Sarasota on State Road 72.

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked this trail today (July 4, 2018). Trail had a few wet spots, but was entirely passable. Lower Myakka Lake was flooded, and the traditional Deep Hole viewing area was inaccessible. I expect this will remain to be the case for the next few months. Pack enough water, there isn't much of any shade.

hiking
1 month ago

So I went on the main trail for about a mile. Then I came to the Florida trail and went left; West. It was very nice for 2.8 miles. Went through some soggy land lotta cabbage palms in Oaks. And some very open Palmetto scrub. You could see were fires had come through. Then I took the blue trail because that says it took me to the trailhead. And actually takes you to the road. The main road. I’m not much of a road walker and it was 2 miles back to the car. But it was very nice. Got to see the lake on one side and the swamp on the other side. Next time I will go either East on the Florida trail portion, or dog like Back or the Blue portion starts. It was worth it to do once. Because for a road walk it was pretty darn nice. I heard something crashing through the words; probably a deer. But I was not quick enough to see it. Lotta frogs. Oh and I did see a hawk when I was walking on the road. Maybe heard some alligators to I’m not sure. I was on the Branch house road or something like that. Didn’t see another person. The way I like it!

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked the trail towards the back. And was totally deserted. Wonderful. When you walk 1 mile down a ancient cabbage palm lined Road, you come to the Florida Trail. Maybe not like the real Florida trail, but I believe it’s a side shoot that they volunteer and maintain. You can go to the left and it says it’s a 3 mile loop back to the trailhead. I did not do that. I went to the right. And you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Next time I’ll walk even further there is a Bee island it sounded interesting. It was not super hot. And they’re actually no bugs. Yay

This was a nice trail. A lot of canopy areas and a few grassy spots. Cut it a little short, only did 8 miles, because of time. We started early which worked out great, because once you get in the grass there’s no hiding from the sun.

hiking
4 months ago

Part two. Another short hike, walk really, the swinging Bridge!

hiking
4 months ago

I short hike because when you get into the trail eventually Peters out. Could to still be Irma damage? The park was packed, very nice! Last time was here was all by myself

backpacking
6 months ago

if you go in the rainy season, you better be an experienced hiker and camper. rest of the year its great. when it rains, its a true swamp, they have very little foot traffic so lots of over grown trails. i did a two day, one night full loop, 22 total miles and slept in 1 inch of water due to a late after rain right after i set up camp. i was prepared for the conditions, and still was miserable, go when its dry or again have more experience than a weekend hiker. also you must register if you stay at the remote camp sites, make sure you do. as well get the ranger station number in case you need to change that camp site

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty easy hike to the deep hole. Once there we observed 2-3 hundred alligators piled on top of each other on the bank.. pretty cool trip

Great hike with interesting landscape and change of scenery from prairie to woods to swamps. We hiked this trail at the beginning of Dec 2017. Only encountered people at their campsites , not on the trail. So its very uncrowded.
Ended up finding the way back to our campsite under a full moon, which was not that easy but quite adventurous.
Plenty of wildlife: , deer, a hog, a rabbit and birds

Very cool trail. Not a lot of shade. Heads to the Deep Hole. Great for wildlife. I saw a deer, wild pigs, pygmy rattlesnakes, and more alligators then I could count.

We did half of the trail running, really enjoyed it about 6 miles of you don’t do the second loop. Parts of it are very open in direct sunlight which was difficult but definitely a fun trail and would do it again. We followed the white dots.

backpacking
10 months ago

The loop trail and connecting roads and spur trials are a great "real" Florida experience. I would list the entire park as easy except during rainy season when the trails are flooded and hard to navigate. Though the trail is fairly well blazed, with the many cross trails and roads more signage would make it easier to navigate. This is a beautiful park with over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails with tons of wildlife to see and beautiful scenery. The only reason I give it four stars is the extensive hog damage in the park which has torn up trails.

hiking
11 months ago

The trails were heavy with water, which made me not do the blue trail. I turned around after running into a coyote since I was solo and about to walk through a clearing. The trails are challenging. Be ready to have your shoes and socks drenched. I also recommend bringing poles to check the ground before stepping on some areas, or scaring snakes off. I saw lots of birds, a few gators (off of the trail), 0 snakes, 1 coyote.

I didn't like that part of the trail winds along the road, but during the summer months there isn't much traffic to disturb you. Always bring rainproof gear while out in florida summers! There weren't many mosquitos or bugs.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

OK this is the first time I walked in the water of any depth. It was just over my ankles but I was a little nervous. You could see the trail. In the tower is amazing. Saw some deer.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

A really beautiful state park with lots to do. They charge 4 dollars to get in and take cash or credit. I did a short hike and wish I planned my day better so I could have done a longer one. It was extremely hot and there are some exposed parts on the trails so bring lots of water and make sure to wear sunscreen.

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Myakka Hiking Trail is actually a 40 mile loop, but there are other spur trails within so you can make your hike longer or shorter. I wish they'd show you the full loop and the spur trails on AllTrails. It's completely flat so not very challenging but it's still full of adventure. I hear it's completely swamped during the rainy season. But in the dry season it's beautiful!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

great place! go in the right time of year (spring) see hundreds of gators in an ancient sinkhole called deep hole but you do need to pay a for a permit to access this part of myakka

the best park to camp hike rent a cabin or bring an rv abundant wildlife and great sights and hiking routes

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Mossy Oak trail a lot of shade, canopy, creek, etc nice day

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hiked deep hole nothing to see until water dries up but pretty walk anyway #outsidetherapy

Friday, September 23, 2016

We only did part of the trail after we finished canoeing, but it really gives you a view of Florida's natural state. It's very different than the rest of the country.

nature trips
Monday, August 29, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

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.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Can be hot in summer bring lots of water. some areas with nice tree cover. Best trails to north of park. Equestrian as well. And biking too.

hiking
Thursday, May 14, 2015

I spent two days, one night at Myakka River State Park, and hiked the entire outer loop. There is a fee per person per night, no parking fee, and you must reserve a site via phone ahead of time. If you think that hiking all day to one of the remote sites will buy you some solitude, you would be wrong. Each camp area has a cluster of sites right next to one another. Suitable tent (or hammock sites) are few and far between in the park, but they can be found. I chose to camp outside of an established site and LNT. Check with the rangers about water availability. They leave bottles of water at each pump, those are used to prime the pumps, not for drinking. There are some streams that you can filter water from, but they are not regularly spaced. I found delicious orange and grapefruit growing off trail in the north end of park. I saw a wide variety of birds, herds of deer, pigs, racoon, and turkeys on my trip.

Myakka River State Park is all the best parts of Florida. Definitely make this trip in the winter, and bring sun protection. The winding trails snake you across open, exposed prairie for miles at a time. It's really something to see where you were a whole day ago. The stands of trees are wet and muddy, so you'll appreciate finding our way out onto the prairie again to dry out your shoes. The pigs graze along trails and leave them rutted for a mile at a time in many places. Even when it's dry out, there will be standing water, and if it has been raining, most of the park will be very wet.

I heard from another hiker that the spot on the map marked as "Old Railroad Grade" is a green tunnel covered with trees and is quite a nice walk. On the map I had at the time, it just looked like a road, so I naturally avoided it. It might be worth a look!

hiking
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spent a very nice morning here hiking various trails for a total of about 9 miles. Although a lot of the terrain is in open grasslands, the white blazed loop meanders through many shaded areas. On section of the hike took us to the Bee Island primate camp, which was lovely!

rock climbing
Friday, March 13, 2015

So much to do. Biking, boating, walking, guided tours. Did it twice loved it. Nature's wild life. Gift store and restaurant is expanding.

hiking
Thursday, September 18, 2014

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

hiking
Friday, September 05, 2014

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

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