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.

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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
6 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
7 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.

hiking
9 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!

11 months ago

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!

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