William S Boylston Nature Trail

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Myakka River State Park

William S Boylston Nature Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sarasota, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

running

Visitors must register and pay the Florida State Park Fee at the Ranger office in Myakka River State Park.

hiking
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8 days ago

Nice trail, nice canopy

hiking
3 months ago

We didn’t see very much wildlife - walking around 12:30pm - but the landscape itself is incredibly different. Definitely worth seeing, and the treetop bridge/tower is pretty cool as well.

Nice walk from campsite on pave road (approx. 1 mile) to Nature Trail. The looped trail was wide and well shaded. Very light foot traffic. All in all, a nice easy hike for enjoying nature.

hiking
4 months ago

Heavier traffic than what I’m used to but this trail is flat and has an incredible lookout tower with bridge. (Feb 2018)

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice trail. The bridge and canopy overlook are always great.

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Super easy trek — the canopy is really cool!

walking
Sat Dec 22 2018

Too short to really enjoy but it’s still nice. People are always on the short loop to go to/ coming from the canopy walk but the long loop is definitely less travelled. Although it is short it’s still pretty nice.

hiking
Tue Oct 16 2018

Saw a few people here on the bridge. We’ll see you on my next hike how many I see. The bridge is always is phenomenal. Little wet if you want to go to The Bridge first take a pass on the right as you’re facing the trail

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

This year’s rainy season washed out a lot of the park but the hike to the Canopy Walkway was still excellent. Almost no bugs. Saw deer, no gators. Thought I heard a Skunk Ape but it was just a Canadian teenager.

hiking
Wed Feb 28 2018

Part two. Another short hike, walk really, the swinging Bridge!

hiking
Sat Oct 29 2016

Hiked deep hole nothing to see until water dries up but pretty walk anyway #outsidetherapy

nature trips
Mon Aug 29 2016

Very easy, we went as a group of about ten people, including toddlers. Watch out for gators. This is a nice half-day nature walk as an alternative to beach days.

hiking
Thu Jul 21 2016

What a beautiful park! There is so much to do and see here that it should make it onto any one's list when visiting the area.

Thu Jul 14 2016

This was a fun hike, because I enjoyed seeing the different plants and trees in the scrub forest, which are very different than the trees in the Midwest.

rock climbing
Fri Mar 13 2015

So much to do. Biking, boating, walking, guided tours. Did it twice loved it. Nature's wild life. Gift store and restaurant is expanding.

hiking
Thu Sep 18 2014

The trails near the trail head on the main road are well marked and we'll maintained, and easy, low stress, basic navigation skills. But to all the serious hikers and backpackers I'm Florida, check out there 38 miles of hiking only trails with I think 6 back country primitive spots. I'll warn you though, it is a prairie in most spots so plan water accordingly! Cheers

hiking
Fri Sep 05 2014

I ended up doing the North Loop a while back and ran into wild pigs on the trail. The only dont like is the trail seems more catered towards equestrians and not hikers. It was not very shady and very open spaced and the trail was mainly dirt/sand type. I plan on going back to do the South Loop and see how that is later when its cooler since there is not much shade. South Loop: 7.4mi North Loop: 5.4

hiking
Fri Jun 13 2014

The park is very nice. Beautiful views and wildlife. Primitive camping is the way to go at Myakka. The oak Grove campsite is about 15 miles from the trailhead. Overall great experience.

hiking
Fri Feb 08 2013

ood trails, easy to navigate. Nice views of the water.

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