Best wildlife trails in Sarasota, Florida

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Explore the most popular wildlife 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.
Map of wildlife trails in Sarasota, Florida
Top trails (11)
#1 - Nathan Benderson Park Loop
Sarasota, Florida
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
#2 - Heron's Nest Nature Park Loop
Heron's Nest Nature Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
#3 - Deep Hole Trail
Myakka River State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Note: Visitors need to obtain a permit to access this trail, which leads to the gator-filled Deep Hole area of Myakka River State Park. Permits are limited to 30 per day and are distributed at the park’s ranger station at the front gate. Permits are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, which means anyone interested in hiking this trail should consider arriving at the park when it opens at 8 am.Show more
#4 - Mossy Hammock, Myakka Hiking Trail Loop
Myakka River State Park
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
One of the oldest and largest state parks, Myakka protects one of the state´s most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway.Show more
#5 - Lido Key Beach Walk
South Lido County Park
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 36 m
This lovely beach walk has ample parking and some picnic areas. Sections may be closed occasionally for dredging.Show more
#6 - Myakka All Weather Road Loop
Myakka River State Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#7 - South Lido Trail
South Lido County Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 29 m
#8 - Ringling Estate Loop
Sarasota, Florida
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 49 m
This path takes visitors through the main points of the luxurious Ringling Estate in Sarasota, Florida, which belonged to famous circus magnate and businessman John Ringling and his wife Mable. There is a $5 fee to access this trail.Show more
#9 - Ted Sperling Park Trail
Ted Sperling Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
Trail starts off near the Lido mangrove kayak launch, proceeds back towards Lido Beach before picking up on the left. From there the trail is all crushed gravel with a few boardwalk sections that leads to a very small lookout point. Bathrooms at parking lot.Show more
#10 - Circus Hammock Loop
Sarasota, Florida
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 39 m
This trail takes visitors through the Circus Hammock in Sarasota, Florida. The trail is shaded with a number of benches available. Bug repellent is recommended, as are shoes that can take some mud.Show more
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