Myakka River State Park

Sarasota Florida Hikes

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This 28,875-acre state park, named for the Myakka River which flows through it for 12 miles, has long been noted for its wildlife: bald eagles, sandhill cranes, deer, turkey, ospreys, bobcats, otters, wild hogs, alligators, and waterfowl. In a sense, Myakka is a microcosm of the animal life found in many other South Florida refuges, though Myakka is comparatively farther north than most. The landscape, too, is incredibly diverse. The trail will take you into live oak and cabbage palm flatwoods, open expanses of palmetto, and past small marshes. The park’s crowning glory is the 7,500-acre wilderness preserve at the southern end, virtually untouched for hundreds of years. Access here is strictly limited to hikers and canoeists. However, Myakka is also a very touristy park that offers seasonal tram tours, the “World’s Largest Airboat,” and bicycle and canoe rentals. Myakka truly is a study in contrasts. Special Attractions: This is mostly flat, dry terrain with abundant wildlife that includes a 7,500-acre wilderness preserve.
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by M. Timothy O'Keefe (Falcon Publishing)

This 28,875-acre state park, named for the Myakka River which flows through it for 12 miles, has long been noted for its wildlife: bald eagles, sandhill cranes, deer, turkey, ospreys, bobcats, otters, wild hogs, alligators, and waterfowl. In a sense, Myakka is a microcosm of the animal life found in many other South Florida refuges, though Myakka is comparatively farther north than most. The landscape, too, is incredibly diverse. The trail will take you into live oak and cabbage palm flatwoods, open expanses of palmetto, and past small marshes. The park’s crowning glory is the 7,500-acre wilderness preserve at the southern end, virtually untouched for hundreds of years. Access here is strictly limited to hikers and canoeists. However, Myakka is also a very touristy park that offers seasonal tram tours, the “World’s Largest Airboat,” and bicycle and canoe rentals. Myakka truly is a study in contrasts. Special Attractions: This is mostly flat, dry terrain with abundant wildlife that includes a 7,500-acre wilderness preserve.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sarasota
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to moderate
Duration: Varies with a stack of loops up to 33 miles
Season: Fall to early spring
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Recent Trail Reviews

1/15/2011

This is a great park! Lots of trails and great wildlife. We only did a day hike, but plan on doing a weekend backpacking trip soon here!

1/1/2010

Quite varied as Florida hiking goes--lakes, rivers, woods, open pastures. Very flat of course. Lots of armadillos. The trailhead is much nearer the northern than the main southern gate, although the northern gate was not open when we were there--check ahead.

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