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.

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.

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2 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.

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3 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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.

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!

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7 months ago

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

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

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11 months ago

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