Jelks Preserve is a 614-acre natural preserve with 8 miles of trail along the Myakka River in southern Sarasota County, Florida.To visit Jelks Preserve on your trip to Venice, use our Venice road trip tool.
Located at 2300 North River Road, the land was purchased in 1999 via the one percent county sales tax and a donation from the Jelks Family Foundation (namesake for the preserve). The habitat is riverine floodplain and includes live oak with epiphytes as well as Carolina jessamine and coralbean wildflowers. Wildlife include gopher tortoises, swallowtail butterflies, swallow-tailed kites, and song birds.
Jelks Preserve reviews
Jelks is a great place to visit for walking, running and hiking. It's a bit tough for biking as there is a ton of very loose sand and the trails are short. Otherwise, it's a great place to visit and..... more »
Interesting walk through various habitats (bog, trees, wild grasses). Take a picture of the map at the beginning of the trail because there are no maps within the trails, just number markers. We... more »
Florida as it was! I enjoy the rustic more primitive parks. Pack it in pack it out like it always should be. Myakka River views are brilliant! Lots of wildflowers and native flora and fauna. 😍
Nice easy trail. You can see the river from 3 points off of the trail. (Make sure to get a map.) Several areas were impassable due to water on 1/2/2019 starting at trail marker 8 and several trails between the loop. If you go, wear knee-high rain boots. Saw a gopher tortoise and many birds.
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