Sleeping Turtles Preserve South

Sleeping Turtles Preserve South is located at the North End of River Road (at I-75 exit#191) In Venice, Florida. Spanning over 214 aces, it’s name derives from early 1800’s navigation maps describing this adjacent section of the Myakka River as “Sleeping Turtles”. As with most waterfront preserve areas, wildlife is abundant. There have been recent […]

The Jelks Preserve

The Jelks Preserve, a Myakka River land preservation effort at it’s finest, is a simple park with several miles of trails throughout the 640 acres of Florida Native Habitat. Oak Hammocks, Pine and Scrubby Flatwoods, Seasonal Sloughs and Marshes are scattered throughout the trails which cut through most upland areas and reach a couple points […]

SleepingTurtles Preserve N

Hiking, Canoeing, and Kayaking at Sleeping Turtles Preserve along the Tropical Myakka River in Venice.

Wilderness Camping – The Myakka Trail

Wilderness Camping is available on the Myakka Trail in Myakka State Park, Sarasota Florida.

Flatford Swamp – Myakka River

The Hardy Hiker in Flatford Swamp is rewarded with the uniqueness of a peek at untrampled Florida in the Myakka River Headwater Ecosystem.

Myakka State Forest

The Myakka State Forest – an 8,500 acre Resource for Hiking, fishing, Camping, and Hunting.