Nine Great Day Hikes to Get Your Walk On
Get your daily steps in—starting at these scenic trailheads around Sarasota County!
Lace up your sneaks and fill up your water bottle for some fresh air and cardio with these nine great day hikes. Each park or preserve showcases the bounty of Florida flora and fauna Sarasota County has to offer all year round. Between the lush, green vegetation, exciting wildlife, blue skies and endless sunshine, you'll forget you're actually "working out."
So strap on your FitBit or Whoop band and see how many steps you can get in on these super scenic and undisturbed nature hikes – all less than 5 miles long in length!
The Legacy Trail also goes right through Oscar Scherer State Park at one point. Here, you can of course enjoy the paved rail trail part, or you can go off and explore the more unpaved parts of this beautiful state park. This park’s large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes it one of the best places in southwest Florida to view Florida scrub-jays. With over fifteen miles of hiking trails of solitude, tropical flora and fauna, and a little cardio challenge, this is a perfect place for a footed expedition.
Furthest south in North Port, feel "totally lost" in the wild wetlands and Old Florida conservation corridor that is Orange Hammock Wildlife Management Area. The protected land and habitat offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities – including hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The more than 5,000-acre area has approximately nine miles of trails to explore, including the seven-mile Tarflower Trail and the two-mile Slough Point Trail.