Gopher Trail - Loop [CLOSED]

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Lake Manatee State Park

Gopher Trail - Loop is a 1.1 mile loop trail located near Bradenton, Florida and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 13 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Lake Manatee State Park is a perfect example of the quiet and relaxed atmosphere that some of Florida's natural areas have to offer. Today, the 2,400 acre reservoir that makes up Lake Manatee supplies drinking water to Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Hiking trails traverse several types of ecosystems including mesic flatwoods and sand pine scrub. A variety of wildlife are common, including Indigo snakes, cottontail and marsh rabbits, bobcats, gray foxes, deer, and eagles.

hiking
no shade
off trail
8 months ago

hiking
Sun Dec 30 2018

HOT!!! Very little shade and mostly sugar sand. Pretty lake but otherwise not that enjoyable.

hiking
Mon Jul 03 2017

There are multiple trails, we did 4.5 miles in total. They are building a new trail that connects the two sides, not finished but we hiked it to get to the other side on foot. Nice views of the lake. Trails were somewhat overgrown in many areas. Long stretch along 64 so very noisy with traffic. Saw two decent size turtles fighting on the trail.

Tue Feb 07 2017

Lots of sand, so wear the right shoes for that. Most of it is under the sun, so prep for that too. Overall, a short and easy walk, but very beautiful. Only real negative is that the traffic is noisy in areas where the trail gets close to the road.

Thu Jan 05 2017

The updated "Homepage" Link is: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Lake-Manatee

hiking
Sat Apr 09 2016

pretty trail but very sandy I need better shoes for hiking on soft sand. heard the dragsters. saw a black racer in the middle of its shed. great views of lake manatee but not able to get up to the shore

hiking
Sun Mar 06 2016

Very well kept trail. Saw plenty of birds and one tortoise. Plenty of shaded stops to stop and drink water. The only downside is it being so close to the drag strip. I came on a Saturday afternoon and the noise took away quite a bit of the "nature" atmosphere.

Sun Dec 06 2015

walked the loop, saw 2 tortoises.

hiking
Sun Aug 02 2015

A lot of Gopher Tortoises, and Black Eraser Snakes. Some great views of Lake Manatee

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Mon Apr 22 2019

hiking
Sun Mar 31 2019

horseback riding
Fri Mar 08 2019

hiking
Wed Dec 26 2018

Sun Feb 12 2017

hiking
Fri Jan 20 2017

hiking
Sat Dec 26 2015