Explore the most popular Views 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.

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.

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

off trail
3 months ago

Good dry trail

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'.

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.

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.

6 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.

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.

7 months ago

Relaxing quiet morning walk.

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

9 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.

11 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.

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!

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.

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

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

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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The trails were heavy with water, which made me not do the blue trail. I turned around after running into a coyote since I was solo and about to walk through a clearing. The trails are challenging. Be ready to have your shoes and socks drenched. I also recommend bringing poles to check the ground before stepping on some areas, or scaring snakes off. I saw lots of birds, a few gators (off of the trail), 0 snakes, 1 coyote. I didn't like that part of the trail winds along the road, but during the summer months there isn't much traffic to disturb you. Always bring rainproof gear while out in florida summers! There weren't many mosquitos or bugs.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

OK this is the first time I walked in the water of any depth. It was just over my ankles but I was a little nervous. You could see the trail. In the tower is amazing. Saw some deer.

Monday, May 01, 2017

A really beautiful state park with lots to do. They charge 4 dollars to get in and take cash or credit. I did a short hike and wish I planned my day better so I could have done a longer one. It was extremely hot and there are some exposed parts on the trails so bring lots of water and make sure to wear sunscreen.

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, November 19, 2016

We really enjoyed it.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Mossy Oak trail a lot of shade, canopy, creek, etc nice day

Friday, September 23, 2016

We only did part of the trail after we finished canoeing, but it really gives you a view of Florida's natural state. It's very different than the rest of the country.

on Lido Key Beach Walk

Sunday, July 17, 2016


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