Visiting Myakka River State Park – November 2010

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!

One of the many displays at the visitors center

  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.

A pair of White-tailed doe

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.

Family of Sandhill Cranes

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.

Meadowlark singing us a tune

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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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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