THE LEGACY TRAIL, SARASOTA'S BEST KNOWN BIKE TRAIL
Sarasota’s most well-known bike ride is the Legacy Trail, which links points in Sarasota County and extends into Charlotte County. The Legacy Trail is dotted with rest areas and opportunities to learn about Florida history or simply to delight in the trail’s primitive beauty. The Legacy Trail opened in 2008. It runs more than 12 miles, with 15 rest areas providing opportunities to learn Florida history or simply delight in the Trail’s primitive beauty. Access points with free parking are located in Sarasota, Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, and Venice. The old railroad crossings have been retained, and riders will see pines, palmettos, gopher tortoises, scrub jays, other native species, and some genuinely awe-inspiring Florida scenery. The Legacy Trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
The trail was built on the railroad line, originally owned by Seabaord Airline Railway. Overtime, the Legacy Trial was used by the Military in WWII and Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Now, the trail boasts lots of history while giving bike enthusiasts plenty of room to roam around.
The Legacy Trail offers several areas to rest while taking in the beautiful scenery. Rest areas include the seven Trailheads of the Legacy Trail:
Culverhouse Nature Park
Osprey Junction Trailhead
Nokomis Community Park
Oscar Scherer State Park
Historic Venice Train Depot
Enjoy walking, biking, and rollerblading along the trail. You can even bring your dog. Be sure to keep Fido on a leash and if walking, remain on the right-hand side of the trail.
Legacy Trail Hours of Operation: 6 a.m. to Dusk
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