Typical view [?]
NOTE: C+ B-, much more than expected.
NOTE: Good for the size but not part of larger wilderness
NOTE: Mosquittos like shade - not much here.
NOTE: Possible but saw none.
LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
It's hard to believe since it's so close to/in Sarasota but it's 1400 acres with ~11 miles of trails. I haven't hiked most of it but it's generally scrubby or dry pine forest. Short trails by entrance are hardwoods. There's a sort of artificial spring that's safe to swim in.
Florida Scrub Jays are here though I didn't see any. The terrain made me expect not to see much but ended up being wrong - northern flicker, hawks, various forest birds here and there.
We saw six lined race runners and deer tracks - so not bad.
Typical smaller state park amenities.
You could spend all day here or zip in for 15 minutes and head back to Sarasota.
We stopped in summer so we were limited in how much we could hike - very hot scrubby sandy trails. The seem like many of these lake-wales-ridge type environments with six lined race runners, lots of sand, very hot and dry.
The lake at the end of the entrance road,lake osprey, is interesting. You don't see people swimming in lakes very often in Florida because microorganisms in them can kill you. I don't know how likely because people used to swim here but it does happen. This lake however is fed with aquifer water (so an artificial spring) and aerators (mixes air into the water) help kill off the bad stuff with oxygen. Other than Warm Mineral Springs in Northport (bit further south) springs in Florida end around Tampa.
Would definitely like to see more of this park as winter kicks in!
Myakka River State Park is not far and is incredible - that's probably why we keep missing coming back here.
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