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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.To visit Oscar Scherer State Park on your holiday in Osprey, and find out what else Osprey has to offer, use our Osprey.
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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We loved our recent stay at Oscar Scherer State Park. Yes, some spots are tight, but you can see the size before you book them. Most spots have a little privacy. I love the easy access to The Legacy..... more
We loved our recent stay at Oscar Scherer State Park. Yes, some spots are tight, but you can see the size before you book them. Most spots have a little privacy. I love the easy access to The Legacy..... more »
An enjoyable walking trail with easy access. We pushed our dog carriage and enjoyed the morning in the woods. A nice way to enjoy the fresh air.
An enjoyable walking trail with easy access. We pushed our dog carriage and enjoyed the morning in the woods. A nice way to enjoy the fresh air. more »
A great park for shorter walking trails in a quiet environment. The kayak rental is the best value for money we found in the area, and the staff were knowledgeable and safety conscious whilst letting you get on with your own adventure. Great place for families to explore.
Spent the month of November 2022, as camp hosts. Great place, lots of trails, canoe or kayak rental available when there is no hurricane or red tide. Five restrooms with showers, in the large campground always clean. A couple credit card laundry facilities for $2 a load. A couple lakes, one for swimming. A couple playgrounds for children one in campground, along with picnic tables and shelters. Garbage receptacles at entrance of the campground and water areas that racoons like to get in.
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