Legacy Trail, Sarasota

4.6
#2 of 14 in Trails in Southwest Gulf Coast
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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  • Very nice paved trail that goes for miles. Extends from Sarasota to Venice. Very well kept. Much of the trail is exposed so be prepared. Several trailheads with free parking. You’ll see lots of birds....  more »
  • Perfect trail using my handcycle. The trail could use more washrooms and water stations, otherwise great!  more »
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  • 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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