Jelks Preserve Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Venice, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
16 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

Easy trails, well organized maps

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous, sunny, sandy, shady. Wildlife (armadillos and crock). Picnic benches and benches for relaxing by the water. Highly recommend! 4/5 as the sand paths make it a little extra dirty and difficult to walk. Overall excellent trail in the North Port area.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is flooded just East of marker #8 as of 4/24/18.

7 months ago

A real great trail, you will have to walk through some water in the rainy season.
I recommend this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

I stopped here on my way home from work. Found a beautiful lookout on the Myakka River and enjoyed a brisk walk under the tree canopies.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice day for a hike. We saw a pileated woodpecker and a wild pig.

10 months ago

Dogs are allowed on 6’ lead (one review said they were NOT). Nice view of river (again, someone said there wasn’t). When you come across a marker there are 2-4 different directions you can go so it is confusing. Some trails were flooded and couldn’t go through (January).

hiking
10 months ago

great trail. saw armadill all over the place. Wet in some areas. lots of shade.

hiking
Sunday, February 14, 2016

This is a shorter hike, if it has rained recently then there will likely be flooding. A lot of really cool wildlife running around. Saw some armadillos and a big eastern diamond back rattle snake. Had a great day, just wish there was more to explore and some better views of the Myakka. The lack of views could have also been because of recent heavy rains. The water level was very high.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saw the sign ducked in to investigate .. clean place wide trails doesn't seem like it's used much ... have to get my pack, boots and water and explore it a bit more.

birding
Saturday, July 04, 2015

I did not go on this trail as pets are not permitted but wanted to share that info for others. Looks like a great bird watching trail.

walking
Friday, March 06, 2015

Jerks Preserve is a beautiful natural park. The trail has a loop of just over 3 miles and is an easy walk. There are many side paths and extra things to explore and would be great for responsible children, the trail is mostly sugar sand so be prepared for a challenge if your running. Lots of animal sign including deer, rabbit, gopher, moles and a lot of wild pig sign. Be safe and have fun :)

hiking
Saturday, July 26, 2014

The trail is relatively well marked with sign posts and clear of debris. The grass is tall so tall socks or long pants are recommended. There is a good mix of shade and sunshine.

hiking
17 days ago

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hiking
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

walking
Thursday, June 13, 2013