Sleeping Turtles Preserve North is located on Border Road where the bridge crosses the Myakka River in Venice, FL. Spanning over 200 acres, the individual sections of Sleeping Turtles Preserve North extend out both North and South of the dividing roadway, each offering two loop trails that are intersected by a variety of smaller well marked cross trails allowing a great variety of length and direction to your hiking.
Trails are improved areas – primarily hard packed sand – through old growth oak hammocks, pine forest flatwoods, and wetland areas. Most areas are through tree canopy, keeping them shaded and friendly on hot sunny days. Each main trail loop winds approximately 1.5 miles with stretches offering beautiful views along the Myakka River. Adding various cross trails can create hikes up to several miles throughout subtropical jungle-like growth of ferns, orchids, various mosses, and bromeliads.
Throughout the upland areas visitors often see diverse wildlife such as eagles, osprey, red shouldered hawk, bobcat, and gopher tortoise. Along the Myakka River waterfront areas alligators, otters, and many wading bird species are regularly seen.
There is a public access canoe and kayak launch directly on the Myakka River at the northeast side of the Border Road crossing of the preserve. Because of limited infrastructure and parking and access roadways the launch is kept closed and locked with a combination padlock for limited entry. You may obtain more information regarding access to this limited access public canoe/kayak launch area by contacting Sarasota County at the telephone number listed below.
An unusual feature in a preserve – Pets (leashed and cleaned after) are welcome in the north section of Sleeping Turtles Preserve North.
Sleeping Turtles Preserve
3462 Border Road
Venice, Florida 34292