Sarasota, FL

Oscar Scherer State Park

http://www.trailingthelawsons.com
Floridastateparks.org

A 1,200 acre park with about 15 miles of trails. It’s a good combination of biking trails for gentler running, and 6 miles of hiking trails, with a more rugged surface. It’s not super-technical trail running. There’s nice variety here, and a good opportunity to get some shade, and see some lovely Florida foliage and wildlife while running. The park is a popular kayaking and birding spot, and features the only lake suitable for swimming in Sarasota County…so take a dip after your run and enjoy the small beach!

The 11-mile Legacy Trail, a paved bike trail from Venice to Sarasota, runs through the park and forms part of the park’s bike trail network.

Legacy Trail Info
Essentials
  • 15 miles of trails. Several loop options
  • Parking in park
  • Many parking spots along the way