Explore the most popular Nature Trips 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.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Service road, sand, some paved road trail; many optional cross trails to mix up the terrain with some shade/woodlands.

This park actually has about 1.3 miles of trails if completely walked. There is a "scrub loop" on the western side of the park behind the gazebo where you can native pines, palms, and a glimpse of the estuary of Phillipi Creek. A paved trail leads you around the historic Edison Keith mansion and servants quarters.

hiking
2 months ago

Not a huge fan of wide open hiking in the long grass, but loved taking a break from the beach to get into nature and work up a sweat. More than half the hike was wide open and in full sun. I was lucky I brought a log sleeve shirt so I wouldn’t get burnt

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

Good dry trail

Great trail and beautiful place!

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail with nice views, though very little shade. Palmer Blvd Gazebo across the street is a great place to enjoy the breeze and see wetland birds, fish, and turtles.

Probably the highest elevation Trail in Florida. It's short but the view is spectacular. Be sure to cross the street and check out the bird watching station as well.

Easy walk following the river. In mid January we did see one alligator out on the bank sunning. large maybe 8'.

When first entering to register the ranger was incredibly rude to us, did not answer our questions well and full of attitude, may of had a bad day perhaps. backpacked to honore primitive campsite, which is not marked well from the main trail we followed the blaze when there was a fork in the trail because we had no idea what the other way meant so we passed out campsite. The map provided does not explain what each colored blaze meant. we saw some random ones and did not know what they meant. backpacked to panther point the next day. the views are absolutely beautiful, and it was an amazing time. we of course had challenges as there is no water source, though there was a slow moving body of water you can treat and some flooding and some snakes, but that makes it an adventure!! Saw some gators and deer. becareful on the trail with the hog damage. It was a blast!

walking
5 months ago

Although the trail is .9 miles, you get extend your hike/walk around the perimeter of the park, crossing the street to a beautiful Audubon sanctuary, and the adjacent wetlands. Easy to get in 4 miles.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

As close to "hills" as we get in this part of Florida! Can easily make this a 4-miler+ with adjacent trails, including an Audobon Preserve across the street. Terrain is compact grass, dirt trails. Choice of incline or not.

hiking
5 months ago

I went after 2 days of heavy raining so there were a lot of very flooded areas. Some places came up almost to my hips and I’m 6’ 4”, not sure how high or if at all the water would come up if you went at a drier time. Part of the east loop was so flooded I couldn’t go back there because I would have been swimming. But I’m sure if it were drier it would have been just as gorgeous as the rest of the hike.

walking
6 months ago

Nice paved path with good overhead tree cover so its shady. I only wish that dogs were allowed

walking
6 months ago

Great place in the flat lands of Florida to walk up and down gentle slopes. Nice place to see birds, turtles, snakes and alligators too.

walking
7 months ago

Relaxing quiet morning walk.

hiking
8 months ago

Wet. Hot. Wonderful!! Seriously, and be prepared to get your feet wet. Look hard. When I went on the south Florida trail of them. I just couldn’t see the. Markings and turned around. The north side of. It was much better

hiking
8 months ago

It was a nice, easy trail with a small bit of incline which is rare here in South Florida. It was a bit wet in places which is normal here for this time of year. We took our dog on a leash. On the back side of the hill you will hear the lions and tigers. I didn't realize they kept them there so I was quite startled at first ha! It was nice views of the hillside and well-maintained. There are bathrooms outside in a building to the left of the parking lot.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is north of the powerline trail. And it’s always desereteit. If you go in. 7/10 of a mile and then you can go to your left or to your right On a Florida trail piece. I went left. After .3 miles you come to a small bridge, and you want to pay attention because otherwise you’ll be on the big broad Road, and miss the nice narrow path. I continued on about 2 1/2 miles. Then it got wet. Normally that wouldn’t bother me but I was going to have to turn around soon anyway. I love how a trail looks so different when you’re going the opposite direction. There’s a lot of moss on trees. There are sections where palms have been burnt. And I heard either a frog Or a gator. I did not check out which it was. No mosquitoes today to speak of. And there’s always no people on this trail. It look like the one with the bridge swinging Bridge was packed. I’ll come back in the winter to look at that one.

hiking
Friday, June 15, 2018

The walk was pretty

hiking
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

So I went on the main trail for about a mile. Then I came to the Florida trail and went left; West. It was very nice for 2.8 miles. Went through some soggy land lotta cabbage palms in Oaks. And some very open Palmetto scrub. You could see were fires had come through. Then I took the blue trail because that says it took me to the trailhead. And actually takes you to the road. The main road. I’m not much of a road walker and it was 2 miles back to the car. But it was very nice. Got to see the lake on one side and the swamp on the other side. Next time I will go either East on the Florida trail portion, or dog like Back or the Blue portion starts. It was worth it to do once. Because for a road walk it was pretty darn nice. I heard something crashing through the words; probably a deer. But I was not quick enough to see it. Lotta frogs. Oh and I did see a hawk when I was walking on the road. Maybe heard some alligators to I’m not sure. I was on the Branch house road or something like that. Didn’t see another person. The way I like it!

walking
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

cute little nature trail. lots of nice little places to stretch. a lot of little cut away paths if you want to explore off trail

walking
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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
Monday, April 23, 2018

I hiked the trail towards the back. And was totally deserted. Wonderful. When you walk 1 mile down a ancient cabbage palm lined Road, you come to the Florida Trail. Maybe not like the real Florida trail, but I believe it’s a side shoot that they volunteer and maintain. You can go to the left and it says it’s a 3 mile loop back to the trailhead. I did not do that. I went to the right. And you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Next time I’ll walk even further there is a Bee island it sounded interesting. It was not super hot. And they’re actually no bugs. Yay

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

This was a nice trail. A lot of canopy areas and a few grassy spots. Cut it a little short, only did 8 miles, because of time. We started early which worked out great, because once you get in the grass there’s no hiding from the sun.

hiking
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I short hike because when you get into the trail eventually Peters out. Could to still be Irma damage? The park was packed, very nice! Last time was here was all by myself

backpacking
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

if you go in the rainy season, you better be an experienced hiker and camper. rest of the year its great. when it rains, its a true swamp, they have very little foot traffic so lots of over grown trails. i did a two day, one night full loop, 22 total miles and slept in 1 inch of water due to a late after rain right after i set up camp. i was prepared for the conditions, and still was miserable, go when its dry or again have more experience than a weekend hiker. also you must register if you stay at the remote camp sites, make sure you do. as well get the ranger station number in case you need to change that camp site

hiking
Monday, January 01, 2018

Great hike with interesting landscape and change of scenery from prairie to woods to swamps. We hiked this trail at the beginning of Dec 2017. Only encountered people at their campsites , not on the trail. So its very uncrowded. Ended up finding the way back to our campsite under a full moon, which was not that easy but quite adventurous. Plenty of wildlife: , deer, a hog, a rabbit and birds

Saturday, November 18, 2017

We did half of the trail running, really enjoyed it about 6 miles of you don’t do the second loop. Parts of it are very open in direct sunlight which was difficult but definitely a fun trail and would do it again. We followed the white dots.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

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.

backpacking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

The loop trail and connecting roads and spur trials are a great "real" Florida experience. I would list the entire park as easy except during rainy season when the trails are flooded and hard to navigate. Though the trail is fairly well blazed, with the many cross trails and roads more signage would make it easier to navigate. This is a beautiful park with over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails with tons of wildlife to see and beautiful scenery. The only reason I give it four stars is the extensive hog damage in the park which has torn up trails.

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