Visiting Myakka State Park, November 2010
Myakka River State Park is a gem of a park located not far from Sarasota, Florida. It is an easy drive from many locations around the state. There is so much offered by this beautiful location. The visitor’s center is very well done and offers a wealth of information to those wanting to learn more about the parks and the wonders it holds!
Tree Canopy covers much of the 7 mile scenic driving trail that winds through the park. In addition there are over 39 miles of primitive hiking, a leisurely 45 minute walk through a shady hammock. A spur trail takes you to the Canopy Walkway. The park offers tons of concessions – bike, canoes and kayaks can be rented. There are Airboat and tram tours offered, as well as fantastic fishing and birding opportunities. This park is a must see if visiting central Florida! On my first trip I mostly got familiar with the parks and hiked a few trails on the next I hot serious and started hiking the back country trails.
The weather had started to turn a bit cooler and it was refreshing to be outdoors. There were migrating birds everywhere and of all sizes. I was overly pleased with the amount of wildlife I seen on my trips there.
The White-tailed Deer and the Sand Hill Cranes were my favorites. There were also many 9 banded Armadillo to keep me company on the trails! I was able to catch the end of wildflower season, especially on my next visit when my friend Barbara and I hike through miles of prairie. We were entertained by a lovely Meadowlark on that day hike! Rain or shine this park has much to offer.
My advice is though not to try and take on the Bee Island Loop unless cool, dry and overcast. There is no protection from extreme elements on that portion of the hiking trails. All the trails are wonderfully maintained by the Florida Trails Association and are just a joy to travel on!
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