Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Sarasota with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
15 days ago

I run here just about everyday. I have seen an abundance of gopher tortoises, alligators, and other wildlife. There are many off shoot trails off of the main path, and I can fit in about 7 miles of running in Herons Nest. Follow the trail past the park to the gravel and you will run through trees, by lakes, and streams. I recommend (for long distance runners) to follow the trail all the way to the end (Lorraine road), making a right on Lorraine, and another right on hidden river trail: a remote road that is also good for running.

hiking
2 months ago

The walk was pretty

Little trails run off everywhere. Confusing. But nice ponds.

walking
3 months ago

There are two loops, that start and end at the parking area. The smaller loop is about a mile, the larger is about 2 3/4 miles. Trees provide a nice canopy for about half of the trail. I've been to this park several times, in my experience it's pretty common to see deer on the larger loop.

hiking
5 months ago

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

Nice restrooms at the South end, together with shady picknic areas with access to the beach. There is ample parking. The reported trail is broken at the gulf side by resorts and condos that have built sea walls well into low tide. Hikers should be prepared to swim to get across.

A nice 1 mile loop trail.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

nice hike

Monday, February 27, 2017

Beautiful. Lots of wildlife and shells. Nice walking. Sand bars to wade out to. Amazing!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Good for walking and biking. Good mix of paved and unpaved trails. All flat. Good views of lakes and streams (Braden River?). Dog Park and playground at one end.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

We really enjoyed it.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

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

nature trips
Monday, August 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
Thursday, July 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.

on Lido Key Beach Walk

Sunday, July 17, 2016

wow

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
Friday, March 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
Thursday, September 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
Friday, September 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
Friday, June 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
Friday, February 08, 2013

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

walking
3 months ago

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