Myakka River State Park
Myakka River State Park is one of Florida's largest and most diverse natural areas. The "Florida Wild and Scenic" Myakka River flows through 45 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks and pinelands. The river and its two shallow lakes attract a myriad of wetland creatures making birding, canoeing, fishing and wildlife observation popular activities.
A 7-mile scenic drive winds through shady oak-palm hammocks and along the shore of the Upper Myakka Lake. Over 39 miles of hiking trails and many miles of dirt roads provide access to the remote interior.
Myakka River State Park offers many ways to get in touch with nature from canoeing, bicycling, camping, fishing, hiking, or even airboating on upper Myakka Lake. Florida's largest state park offers daily airboat tours on the world's largest airboat, the Gator Gal. In conjunction with Selby Botanical Gardens, Myakka River State Park recently opened a Canopy Walkway -- the first of its kind in North America. The walkway is 100 ft. long and 25 ft. in the air, just perfect for observing the delicate ecosystems that thrive high above us in the trees.
Myakka River State Park is located 9 miles east of I-75 in Sarasota on S.R. 72.
Myakka State park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.