Legacy Trail, Sarasota

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Biking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Traffic-free Legacy Trail winds its way through a landscape that combines forested state parks and suburban green zones, taking cyclists and walkers through varied natural scenery and over three trestle bridges. This paved trail runs for about 16 km (10 mi), following the old route of one of Florida's historic rail corridors. Seven trailheads feature rest stops with free parking areas. From this trail you can also access a nearby state park that offers another 24 km (15 mi) of unpaved off-road tracks. Visit the website for a printable map of this and other trails in the area. By using our Sarasota trip itinerary maker app, you can arrange your visit to Legacy Trail and other attractions in Sarasota.
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  • This trail run from South Sarasota, near Palmer Ranch to the old Venice Train Station, a little over 10 miles. It crosses a half dozen major roads and intersections, but has either overpasses or...  more »
  • This trail gets better every time we ride it. We parked at the Trailhead near Proctor Road where the trail is being extended north to downtown. It was being done as we were there. We rode for just....  more »
  • Ride along the trail almost daily. Love being so quiet.
  • I love riding the legacy trail, I live near the current trail head on the north end and enjoy riding all the way down to the connection on to the Venetian at waterway Trail. The round-trip from my home down to the far end and back is roughly 32 miles and it’s one of the only safe places around where you can cycle without worrying about being run over by an automobile. The funding was recently approved to extend the trail into downtown Sarasota and they have also completed another bridge to cut down on the need for pedestrians & cyclists to cross lanes of traffic.

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