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Oscar Scherer State Park, Osprey

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Oscar Scherer State Park is a Florida State Park located between Sarasota and Venice, near Osprey, amidst the heavily developed southwest Florida coast. The address is 1843 South Tamiami Trail. There are more than 130,000 visitors a year.
The park's genesis was in 1955, when Elsa Scherer Burrows, owner of the 462acre South Creek Ranch, died. Her will left the ranch to the state to form a park. It was to be dedicated to the memory of her father, Oscar Scherer, the developer of a shoe leather dyeing process in 1872. A year later, the park was ready and opened to visitors.
Thirty years after that, realtor and environmentalist Jon Thaxton started work to protect the neighboring Florida scrub jay territory. In 1992 this resulted in 922acre being added from the adjacent Palmer Ranch that had been among the holdings of Bertha Honoré Palmer, in large part due to the Nature Conservancy, public support, and the use of Preservation 2000 funds, expanding the park's size to 1384acre.
In September 2008, in recognition of National Public Lands Day, Lee Wetherington, a local developer and long-time park supporter, donated an additional 16.6acre of land to the park, including the buffer property adjacent to the Willowbend subdivision (a Wetherington development), bringing the total park size to 1400acre.
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  • Pay $5 a car as soon as you pull in. Parking was easy. Spent 3 hours there walking trails. it It was very peaceful and quiet. We enjoyed it and would definitely go back. 
    Pay $5 a car as soon as you pull in. Parking was easy. Spent 3 hours there walking trails. it It was very peaceful and quiet. We enjoyed it and would definitely go back.  more »
  • Nice natural area close by. Park has hiking trails as well as kayak/canoeing. Kayak launch is available. Some of the longer trails have no shade so bring sun block and water. Tidal stream and... 
    Nice natural area close by. Park has hiking trails as well as kayak/canoeing. Kayak launch is available. Some of the longer trails have no shade so bring sun block and water. Tidal stream and...  more »
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  • We camped here for 3 days. We saw a young armadillo (so cute) and other wildlife. There are some excellent trails, but, they are sand and a little deep sometimes. The swimming area is being improved right now, but, you can still swim. The swimming area is expansive with many picnic tables and a group meeting building. It's dog friendly, has a couple of washer/dryers, and showers/bathrooms that are clean. Super kid friendly and has a playground. This is a great Campground!
  • We tent camped for two days so we could visit the Venice beaches and look for shark teeth. Oscar Scherer is one of the nicest parks we've stayed at. Our campsite had a nice secluded spot for our tent, and there was plenty of room for a pop-up canopy and our truck. A nice study fire ring, with a flip-over grill, and a picnic table rounded out the site. Power was handy, as was water. Fifteen prices of nice dry hardwood firewood was $10 cash, and was plenty for two nights. Super quiet park and lots of great wildlife. We could barely tell there were other campers. The bathrooms and showers were clean and adequate. We saw a scrub jay, a gopher tortoise, and a black racer, and we found a bunch of shark teeth and some other fossils at Caspersen beach! We will definitely stay there again!

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