Myakka River State Park, Sarasota, FL
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
RATES: $26 plus tax
Primitive $5 plus tax
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 3 pm/Check out at 1 pm.
ACCESS: Gate code
MAPS: At Entry Gate
SITES: 90 sites
PULL THRUS: Yes in the Palmetto Ridge CG
PICNIC SHELTERS: Yes
SITE SURFACE: Gravel/dirt
HOOK-UPS: Water & 30/50 Amp
WIFI: Only at concession
SEWER: At Palmetto Ridge CG
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: Yes
FEATURES: Kayaking rental, restaurant onsite, gift shop
PET FRIENDLY: Yes (Primitive CG does not allow pets)
Myakka River state park is one of eight Florida state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. The park was dedicated in 1941 and officially opened for the public. Many of the CCC structures are still used today, such as the visitor center, two picnic pavilions, five rental log cabins, roads and trails. Fourteen miles of the Myakka River flows through the park.
The Forest Canopy Walkway provides a way to observe life in the treetops. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 100 feet through the hammock canopy. A 74-foot tower allows you to look down on eagles, hawks, vultures and the tops of live oaks and palm trees.
This park is known for its miles of hiking and biking trails with an abundance of wildlife. There are 38.9 miles of loop trails that are maintained by the Florida Trail Association. You can also hike, bike or ride horses between the park and the Carlton Reserve. The Carlton Reserve is a Sarasota County park adjoining the south border of the park.
We stayed here in January 2019 for 6 nites and enjoyed riding our bikes and hiking throughout the park. There is wildlife everywhere and a wonderful birding trail. We would definitely enjoy staying here again.
DIRECTIONS FROM TAMPA FL :
Take I-75 S
Take Exit 205 for FL-72 toward Sarasota/Arcadia
Follow FL-72 E to Myakka State Park Road