Looking for a great trail in Myakka River State Park, Florida? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Myakka River State Park ranging from 0.9 to 29.7 miles and from 13 to 42 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Heavier traffic than what I’m used to but this trail is flat and has an incredible lookout tower with bridge. (Feb 2018)

hiking
7 days ago

short hike culminating with a gathering of gators. sunscreen is a must. Strange thing, not one mosquito. get to the Ranger station early because permits run out fast.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
26 days ago

We enjoyed the path today. But if you are sensitive to time, be aware that the number of miles noted on the map are not accurate. The miles noted on the signs are correct. For example, we cut some off the trail and it still ended up taking us a mile longer than shown in the map.

Took Ranch House Rd. to Bee Island trail, north to Bee Island campsite? Not sure. This is a Myakka route I probably won’t do again, just for the reason that 90% of it is prairie. Although panoramic, it doesn’t allow for as many wildlife encounters as do the hammocks or canopies. Also, the trail becomes quite narrow, and with all the pig ruts — significant amount — you have to keep your eyes on your feet to avoid turning an ankle or encountering snakes. Wasn’t even that hot when I did it, but I can only imagine the heat during summer months in the open prairie. I love Myakka and will keep coming — I’ll just look for the more varied trails. When I got to a stand of pines, I flushed a huge hawk, which was cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with plenty of scenery and wildlife. Trailhead was a little confusing to find at first but we quickly realized it starts out on the road. Things got a little exciting when we came upon an alligator. Noticed a lot of hog damage on the trail. Plenty of shade made for a nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

First hike in Florida, way wilder environment than expected. After the first 1/4 mile, three wild pigs went crashing across the trail in front of me. You can be sure I was paying attention after that. Seemed like everywhere I went, I was surprising animals — crashes and splashes in the brush all around. The trail hadn’t been hiked in a while; it was all torn up in places by the pigs, rooting. This trail had everything — amazing live oaks, lakes, swamps, open flood plains, and dense forest, often only three feet wide. Three washed out trail sections to avoid, but even so, up to your laces in water. Will do again, for sure.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful trails + nice overall scenery, but beware poisonous snakes and bob cats

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Very nice trail. The bridge and canopy overlook are always great.

2011

road biking
5 months ago

This place should not come up for road biking!!! We drove an hour only to be told by the ranger, the loop was not suitable for a road bike!!! We left!!

Great hike with wife and 8-year old daughter. We stayed dry but extremely hot and exposed without cover much of the hike. Several wild hogs seen on trail, and it’s obvious the hogs are doing lots of damage on trail.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Service road, sand, some paved road trail; many optional cross trails to mix up the terrain with some shade/woodlands.

hiking
9 months ago

Not a huge fan of wide open hiking in the long grass, but loved taking a break from the beach to get into nature and work up a sweat. More than half the hike was wide open and in full sun. I was lucky I brought a log sleeve shirt so I wouldn’t get burnt

Super easy trek — the canopy is really cool!

hiking
off trail
10 months ago

Good dry trail

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muddy
11 months ago

Unable to acces Deep Hole due to high water.

no shade
11 months ago

Easy walk following the river. In mid January we did see one alligator out on the bank sunning. large maybe 8'.

When first entering to register the ranger was incredibly rude to us, did not answer our questions well and full of attitude, may of had a bad day perhaps. backpacked to honore primitive campsite, which is not marked well from the main trail we followed the blaze when there was a fork in the trail because we had no idea what the other way meant so we passed out campsite. The map provided does not explain what each colored blaze meant. we saw some random ones and did not know what they meant. backpacked to panther point the next day. the views are absolutely beautiful, and it was an amazing time. we of course had challenges as there is no water source, though there was a slow moving body of water you can treat and some flooding and some snakes, but that makes it an adventure!! Saw some gators and deer. becareful on the trail with the hog damage. It was a blast!

Too short to really enjoy but it’s still nice. People are always on the short loop to go to/ coming from the canopy walk but the long loop is definitely less travelled. Although it is short it’s still pretty nice.

hiking
Sat Dec 22 2018

I went after 2 days of heavy raining so there were a lot of very flooded areas. Some places came up almost to my hips and I’m 6’ 4”, not sure how high or if at all the water would come up if you went at a drier time. Part of the east loop was so flooded I couldn’t go back there because I would have been swimming. But I’m sure if it were drier it would have been just as gorgeous as the rest of the hike.

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Tue Oct 16 2018

Wet. Hot. Wonderful!! Seriously, and be prepared to get your feet wet. Look hard. When I went on the south Florida trail of them. I just couldn’t see the. Markings and turned around. The north side of. It was much better

hiking
Tue Oct 16 2018

Saw a few people here on the bridge. We’ll see you on my next hike how many I see. The bridge is always is phenomenal. Little wet if you want to go to The Bridge first take a pass on the right as you’re facing the trail

This year’s rainy season washed out a lot of the park but the hike to the Canopy Walkway was still excellent. Almost no bugs. Saw deer, no gators. Thought I heard a Skunk Ape but it was just a Canadian teenager.

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Mon Jul 23 2018

This trail is north of the powerline trail. And it’s always desereteit. If you go in. 7/10 of a mile and then you can go to your left or to your right On a Florida trail piece. I went left. After .3 miles you come to a small bridge, and you want to pay attention because otherwise you’ll be on the big broad Road, and miss the nice narrow path. I continued on about 2 1/2 miles. Then it got wet. Normally that wouldn’t bother me but I was going to have to turn around soon anyway. I love how a trail looks so different when you’re going the opposite direction. There’s a lot of moss on trees. There are sections where palms have been burnt. And I heard either a frog Or a gator. I did not check out which it was. No mosquitoes today to speak of. And there’s always no people on this trail. It look like the one with the bridge swinging Bridge was packed. I’ll come back in the winter to look at that one.

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