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.

Park Details

Street Address

2555 South River Road
Englewood, FL 34223
United States

Size
8592 Acres
Hours of Operation
Daily from sunrise to sunset.

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term

Bicycling

Recreation Description
  • 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.

Recreation Term

Camping

Recreation Description
  • Primitive campsites available in various locations.
  • Flying "A" campground accessible by forest roads. Campers and tents allowed. No electric or water available.
  • Visit FloridaStateForest.ReserveAmerica.com or call 877.879.3959 to check availability and make reservations to use any primitive campsite.
  • Toilets available for registered campers at the Flying "A" campground.

Recreation Term

Equestrian

Recreation Description
  • 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.

Recreation Term

Fishing

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

Recreation Term

Hiking

Recreation Description
  • 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.

Recreation Term

Hunting

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

Recreation Term

Canoeing-Paddling

Recreation Description
  • Access to Myakka River from state forest.

Recreation Term

Picnic Facilities

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

Additional Information

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
For more Information
  • Florida Forest Service, Myakka State Forest, (941) 460-1333