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Myakka River and Marsh Sarasota to Myakka River State Park

Sarasota, Florida

Myakka River and Marsh Sarasota to Myakka River State Park

Myakka River and Marsh: Sarasota to Myakka River State Park Professional Guide

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"This 18-mile drive in southwestern Florida takes you into a river marsh system, to oak and palm forests, vast prairie, and two rural lakes within one of Florida’s largest state parks, with opportunity to explore a true wilderness on foot and the chance to see abundant birds, alligators, and other wildlife.

This drive in southwest Florida takes you into the rural Myakka River basin and cattle country east of Sarasota for a panorama of wide marshes and dense palm forests. The drive, with frequent nature walks and other wildlife viewing opportunities, offers a glimpse into Florida’s interior, territory that is fast converting from cattle country to residential development. The drive is primarily within the Myakka River State Park, one of Florida’s largest state parks."

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Sarasota, FL
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1/1/2012
A great trip. You see the transition from suburban Florida to rural Florida in the course of driving from I-75 to the park entrance. Both the best and typical of the worst of Real Florida. The drive is well worth the time. MRSP has beautiful drive along the Wild and Scenic Myakka River. There's a boardwalk in the lake and a tree canopy walk through the forests near the river. Get out of the car often to fully enjoy this drive.
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Sarasota
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18
Distance
Year-round, best October through April
Season
Myakka River State Park
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