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Myakka River State Park


13207 S.R. 72
Sarasota, FL 34241
941.361.6511
No Email Address
http://www.floridastateparks.org/myakkariver/default.cfm
3 Reviews
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This is one of our favorite parks. Lots of wildlife, airboat rides, tram tours, nice gift shop and snack bar, observation tower, canopy walk, great park for biking. The ranger programs are very informative. The bathrooms are outdated, but for the most part are kept pretty clean.

Received from Cindy B for visit in Nov 2007


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
We came here for the many miles of hiking trails and biking roads, and found that many of the hiking trails are too far from the trailheads to reach without backpacking and overnight stays at primitive campgrounds. But a ranger volunteered that it is OK to cycle the hiking trails, and that opens up great possibilities for many loops out and back. I spent several wonderful days cycling and getting a great workout. Roads are often too sandy to cycle and trails are rough (many roots and often the surface on the prairie trails resembles a plowed field), so a mountain bike with shocks front and rear is a real plus. The best hiking trail is from the trailhead to Mossy Campground, 5 miles round trip. Other activities include canoeing / kayaking and horseback riding. You can rent bikes and kayaks. Animals abound, and we saw plenty of hogs (a real pest), deer, and gators, and countless types of birds. It is a birders paradise, but we're not birders. We saw some pretty expensive telephoto lenses in use. The facilities are dated (built by the CCC in the 1930s) but kept clean and seem to be in good repair. There are only two washers and two dryers, and they're surprisingly expensive, so do laundry elsewhere. There is a small snack shop, but the nearest grocery store is in Sarasota some distance away; stock up before you arrive.

Received from Anon for visit in Dec 2006


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
We only drove through this park and it was enough for us to see that we didn't want to camp here. There is NO privacy between sites, though there is a nice canopy of trees, all sites are sand/dirt/leaves. The rear camping area was partially flooded and very crowded. Bathrooms were dirty and unkept.

Received from Christi for visit in Nov 2004


Site Number: None
Stay Again? NO



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