Map of Myakka State Forest
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About Myakka State Forest

The Myakka River, designated as an Outstanding Florida Water, flows through the northeast portion of the forest, dividing the forest into two tracts, with the larger portion on the west side of the river. Big Slough (also called Myakkahatchee Creek) enters the forest at the northeast and drains into the Myakka River. The western section of the property contains much of the headwaters of Rock Creek, a tributary to Lemon Bay, which is also part of the Charlotte Harbor estuarine system.

Jointly acquired by the District and the state of Florida, the property is managed by the Florida Forest Service (FFS). Public ownership of the property ensures the future protection of natural communities adjacent to the Myakka River.

Recreational Opportunities

Bicycling

  • Allowed on all trails and roads.
  • The Palmetto Trail off ers a challenging off-road ride as it snakes its way to the Myakka River and back (approximately 10 miles) from the East River Road parking area.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.

Camping

  • Primitive campsites available in various locations.
  • Flying “A” campground accessible by forest roads. Campers and tents allowed. No electric or
    water available.
  • Campers required to obtain a Florida Forest Use Permit from the Florida Forest Service in order to use any primitive
    campsites.
  • Toilets available for registered campers at the Flying “A” campground.

Equestrian Use

  • More than 40 miles of marked trails available, 13 of which are part of FFS’s Trailtrotter program.
  • Visitors completing rides on trails will get credit toward merit patches.
  • Access trail system from main parking areas located approximately one mile past main
    entrance to forest off River Road.
  • Riders are required to stay on marked trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

Fishing

  • All water bodies open for fishing, unless posted closed.
  • Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for information regarding license
    requirements and permits.
  • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.

Hiking

  • More than 40 miles of marked trails available, 13 of which are part of FFS’s Trailtrotter program. Visitors completing hikes on trails will get credit toward merit patches.

Hunting

  • Contact FWC for information and permits.
  • FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.

Paddling

  • Access to Myakka River from state forest.

Picnic Facilities

  • Picnic areas available at several points along entrance road, some of which are covered. Most
    have grills and picnic tables.


 


Access and Parking

  • Exit 191 on I-75, River Road (CR 777).
  • Motorized vehicles may only enter at River Road gate (main entrance).
  • ADA access and facilities available.

Restrooms and Water

Portable toilets are available in the picnic area.

Dogs

Must be on leash no more than 10 feet in length.

Location

Southwestern Sarasota County, within the North Port City limits

Nearby Recreation Lands

For More Information

Florida Forest Service, Myakka State Forest, (941) 460-1333


Visit this Property

Notice

Street Address

2000 South River Road
Englewood, FL 34223
(Google map)

Size

8,592 acres

Hours of Operation

Daily from sunrise to sunset.

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