Explore the most popular trails in Oscar Scherer 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.

A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. The park protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Canoe and kayak rentals are available, but motorized boats are not permitted in the park boundaries. Freshwater and saltwater fishing are available along the creek. Anglers can fish along the shores of Lake Osprey, which is also the parks swimming destination. Picnic areas along South Creek are equipped with grills; pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has full-facility campsites and a youth/group campground. The park nature center has exhibits and videos about the parks natural communities. Located on U.S. 41, two miles south of Osprey.

hiking
4 months ago

this is a good trail but if you're out of shape there is elevation changes and everything says it's easy it's relatively easy but if you were out of shape you would not think it's easy

My family and I had a blast hiking the yellow and orange trail last Sunday! Every mile was different and never got boring. It was difficult to hike in the sand, however if you walk on the edge of the trail you will find firmer ground. The kids, Oma and I can't wait to come back out and finish the other three trails!!!

trail running
7 months ago

The yellow trail is great. Highly recommended if you’re a trail runner. Excellent park. Restrooms, swimming hole, free Wifi connection.

hiking
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Trails are well marked. The yellow trail has a lot of sand, after one (or a few) good rains, I would expect this to be pretty muddy -- plan accordingly. I'm curious as to what is the plan for the area surrounding Big Lake, over the past few months it's been cleared and the observation platform has had some improvements.

walking
Monday, November 06, 2017

Little shade on the trail we walked on a hot day. We saw no wildlife. Better for biking. Never got to see the pond because it was too hot and boring walking through grassland. The park is lovely around the lake and where there are trees. A great place to bike or have a picnic.

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Too far to walk without seeing anything but a few birds. Took the Yellow Trail (5 miles), which was sandy and sunny for the first 1.5 miles, then became harder pack with a canopy for shade. Plenty of deer and hog tracks, but nothing moving - it was 85+ degrees at 8:30 am. Trail marked ok, only a little confusion around 5 and 5A loop. Plenty of options for multiple distances. Nice park, ok trail - could have been cut or mowed, lots of burrs.

Friday, March 24, 2017

awesome

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Did the longest trail (yellow i think?), not a ton to see but it was still fun and interesting. Also did a different trail that was closed halfway through, would've appreciated some kind of notice at the trail head.

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

Not a bad trail I just don't like hiking in deep sand in some areas. Staying at the campground the yellow trail round trip for me was almost 6 1/2 miles

hiking
Friday, March 09, 2012

All the trails are on the easy side, green being the easiest and yellow being the most difficult.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2012

This trail hooks up with many others in the park that take you by beautiful lakes, streams, and wildlife habitats. Hold your hand flat and make a gentle hissy sound and a scrub jay may land in your hand.

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2011

Not very intereseting

hiking
6 months ago

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