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#32 of 178 state parks in Florida

Best trails in Oscar Scherer State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Oscar Scherer State Park, Florida? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, walking trails, kid friendly 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 6 easy trails in Oscar Scherer State Park ranging from 0.7 to 5.5 miles and from 6 to 16 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Oscar Scherer State Park is a Florida State Park located between Sarasota and Venice, near Osprey. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as 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. Fees $5 per vehicle

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Map of trails in Oscar Scherer State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,382 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(941) 483-5956
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Top trails (6)
#1 - Oscar Scherer Yellow Trail
Oscar Scherer State Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#2 - South Creek and Lester Finley
Oscar Scherer State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 35 m
#3 - Oscar Scherer Blue Trail
Oscar Scherer State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(4)
Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 36 m
This is a short hike exploring the Scrub Jay habitat. This trail provides little shade and can be used by bikes, but may be difficult in some sandy spots. This route can be easily linked to both the Yellow and Red Trails.Show more
#4 - Lester Finley Trail
Oscar Scherer State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(2)
Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 16 m
#5 - Oscar Scherer Blue and Yellow Loop
Oscar Scherer State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(1)
Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
Short, sandy trail that features a number of stops where visitors can learn about the rare Florida Scrub Jay. Visitors will need to pick up a corresponding pamphlet in order to learn about each of the numbered stops on the trail. Show more
#6 - Oscar Scherer Blue and Red Loop
Oscar Scherer State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(2)
Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m