The Legacy Trail - Sarasota, Florida


 

Legacy Trail

 
The Legacy Trail is the regional backbone of a recreational and nature based trail system connecting communities across Sarasota County and stretching into neighboring Charlotte County.
 
The Legacy Trail offers several areas to stop, rest, learn about its history or just enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the trail. The rest stops include seven trailheads which offer access points with free parking.
 
In addition to the trailheads, users will find rest station areas approximately every mile that offer places to sit and relax. 
 

Trailhead Locations

 
The Legacy Trail offers several areas to stop, rest, learn about its history or just enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the trail. The rest stops include seven trailheads which offer access points with free parking.
 
The trailheads are located at:
 

Legacy Trailhead Maps

 
 

Little Bit of History

 
​On March 28, 2008, Sarasota County opened the largest public recreation project ever constructed in the area, The Legacy Trail. Totaling more than 10 miles in length the trail runs from just south of the city of Sarasota to Venice following the former CSX railroad corridor.
 
Purchased through a partnership between Sarasota County and the Trust for Public Land in December 2004 for $11.75 million, The Legacy Trail is the backbone of network of trails planned in Sarasota County.
 
The Legacy Trail is open from dawn to dusk with the rules for using the trail posted at various locations as well as at each trailhead entrance point.
 

Trail Hours and Rules

 
Open year round from 6 a.m. - dusk.
 

Final Report

 
 

Report Appendices

 
 

Legacy Trail Documents

 
 

The Secret’s Out!

 
​The secret’s out – Legacy Trail was named as a finalist in the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s Reader’s Choice awards for the Best Kept Local Secret.
 

The Legacy Trail

 
It Starts in Parks
 
 

Legacy Trail Slide Show