• The Legacy Trail paved multi-use recreational trail for biking, hiking in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
  • Trail guide for The Legacy Trail paved multi-use recreational trail for biking, hiking in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
  • Bicycle riders on The Legacy Trail paved multi-use recreational trail for biking, hiking in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
  • The Legacy Trail paved multi-use recreational trail for biking, hiking in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
  • Historical marker The Legacy Trail paved multi-use recreational trail for biking, hiking in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
  • The Legacy Trail paved multi-use recreational trail for biking, hiking in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
  • Shelter on The Legacy Trail paved multi-use recreational trail for biking, hiking in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
  • Ride and Paddle bike rentals on The Legacy Trail paved multi-use recreational trail for biking, hiking in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

The Legacy Trail

For Sarasota, Florida visitors and locals looking to spend a bit of time exercising in the outdoors, Sarasota County’s Legacy Trail is an excellent choice. The trail is just over 10 miles long and is straight, smooth, and level. Additionally, there are only a few street crossings making it an excellent biking or walking trail for all age and ability levels. Traverse the old Seaboard Railroad corridor through beautiful sections of rural Florida and over bridges with water views.

The Legacy Trail begins at the Historic Venice Train Depot and continues for 10.8 miles through Sarasota, Florida. By 2022, the trail will be extended all the way to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota, for a total of 18.1 miles of paved walking and biking bliss. There are seven total trailhead access points, all with free parking. The trail is open year-round from 6 a.m. to sunset and is dog friendly. While much of the trail is exposed to the Florida sunshine, there are shaded benches and drinking fountains about every mile. 

Learn more about The Legacy Trail in this featured blog post

Get The Legacy Trail Map Guide here

The Legacy Trail Trailhead Locations and Parking

Culverhouse Nature Park – 7301 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL. Restrooms and water are NOT available. Open 6 a.m. to sunset.

Osprey Junction Trailhead – 939 E. Bay Street, Osprey. A portable restroom and water fountain are available. Open 6 a.m. to sunset.

Laurel Park and Sandra Sims Terry Community Center – 509 Collins Road, Laurel, FL. Numerous amenities including restrooms, water, fitness trail, shaded children’s playground, picnic pavilion, and picnic shelters. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Nokomis Community Park – 234 Nippino Trail E., Nokomis, FL. Numerous amenities including restrooms, water, covered picnic shelter, covered children’s playground. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Oscar Scherer State Park – 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL. Pedestrian/bicyclist entrance fee; visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Oscar-Scherer or call (941) 484-5956. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. 

Patriots Park – 800 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice, FL. Restrooms, water, picnic tables, paved courtyard dedicated to veterans of world wars, first responders, and the victims of 9/11. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Historic Venice Train Depot – 303 E. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL. Restrooms, water, covered picnic pavilion. Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Legacy Trail Bike Rental

Visitors to the Sarasota, Florida area can take advantage of Ride and Paddle’s Legacy Trail bike delivery program. For $25 a person, a bike with a basket, lock, and a helmet can be delivered to the Culverhouse Nature Park trailhead. When you are done with your ride, simply lock the bike where you picked it up and give Ride and Paddle a call to let them know you’ve finished. Advance reservations are required. 

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