Myakka Horse Trail

Myakka River State Park, Florida

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain29ft
Trailhead Elevation21ft
Top25ft
Elevation Min/Max20/25ft
Elevation Start/End21/21ft

Myakka Horse Trail

Myakka Horse Trail is a horse trail in Sarasota County, Florida. It is within Myakka River State Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 21 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 29 feet. This trail connects with the following: Horse Trail, Power Line Road and Myakka Hiking Trail.

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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.

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."

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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!
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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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1/28/2009
We spent 2 nights here and hiked only the upper loop staying at 2 separate campsites. The trail is well marked and easy to travel. The campsites were very nice with shade and picher pumps for a water supply. The water from the pumps have a very heavy sulfer content so I recommend bringing some kind of powder flavoring to help with the taste. We'll return on a later date to hike the other trails, but this is a definite winter run because of the open prarie was still very hot in January.
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7/19/2008
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3/20/2008
Myakka River State Park is a popular destination. It was a scouting trip for us so we cycled on the paved roads in the park and did the canopy walk. The canopy walk can be very busy but it was peaceful in the morning. We camped two nights -- the camping areas are well managed but the tent areas are the most cramped we have ever seen in a state park. You actually hear snoring all around you.
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1/21/2006
This was our first hike/trail walk my wife and I have ever done. The first part of the hike was fine but the last 2/3 were mainly walking on a sand road. I assume we missed turnoffs that were not marked or very hidden. On the way back we did see numerous markings for horse trails but still no markings for regular trails. We did get an unexpected surprise when an alligator decided we were too close and splashed in the water beside the road. We didnt see the gator or the water since it was hidden behind the brush. We will go back if we know the route better before hand.
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1/19/2006
I hike primarily to do wildlife/nature photography and Myakka River State Park is my "home" that I return to again and again. We visited the tourist spots during the first couple of visits and now we concentrate on the less traveled trails or completely off trail while tracking a photo op. The wildlife is so abundant that it is amazing...birds of prey, herds of deer, flocks of wild turkey, wading birds and alligators of every size and description. The cabins are great out there and then tent camping was enjoyable. We're there at least once a month and it changes constantly through the seasons.
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Easy to Moderate
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