For a longer, straightforward run on a pretty, and lightly trafficked road, we recommend Casey Key Rd. in the Nokomis Beach area, south of Siesta Key. The road runs for nearly 7 miles, from the Nokomis Beach Picnic Parking area, north to Midnight Pass. There are some spectacular waterside homes, pleasant foliage and landscaping, and some (intermittent) views of the Gulf of Mexico. There are no sidewalks along Casey Key Rd., but it is fairly lightly trafficked. The 2-mile section from Blackburn Point Park. north is even quieter and more pristine. And for an adventure, at the northern end of N. Casey Key Rd., it’s possible to continue on a sandy path and beach to Turtle Beach (~1 mile). It’s also possible to run on the beach here — the sand can be firm in the right conditions.
Access to Casey Key Rd. is off Blackburn Point Rd. (north end), or Albee Rd. (Nokomis Beach).
- Up to 6 miles one-way
- Beach pavilion just over the Nokomis Bridge at Albee Rd.
- Access to Casey Key Rd. is off Blackburn Point Rd. (north end), or Albee Rd. (Nokomis Beach).