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.

2 months ago

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.

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.

7 months ago

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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Friday, March 09, 2012

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

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.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Not very intereseting