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Myakka River

State Park

West of Sarasota is the Myakka River State Park, one of Florida's first State Parks. With 58 square miles of native wetlands, woodlands and prairies, it is also one of Florida's largest state parks. Two lakes, the Myakka River, a 7-mile scenic drive and over 39 miles of hiking and biking trails provide access to wilderness and wildlife for the avid and casual adventurer. Canoe and kayak rentals as well as bike rentals are available every day to aid with your explorations. A tree-canopy walkway, airboat tour and tram tour, rivaling the best of Disney World thrills, will further accent any other adventures in the park.

Developed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, many of the original structures of the park are still in use today.  For those lucky enough to have successfully made rental reservations, the stay in one of the park's five historic log cabins, constructed of native palm logs, will be a memorable event. Campers can avail themselves of improved RV facilities and tent sites as well as primitive campsites. The visitor center has a collection of videos and literature on the park and its environment and the detailed, informative Ranger tours also start there.

One of the more unique features of Myakka River State Park is the tree-top canopy walk. Open to all park visitors and easily accessible is an elevated, wooden-plank walkway, 85-feet long and suspended by steel cables 25-feet above the woodlands floor. Climb the stairway of one 35-foot tower, cross the walk to the next tower and climb again to about 70-feet in order to have spectacular, 360-degree views of  the park. Common throughout the world and normally built for and used by scientists to study eco systems at tree-top level, these swaying, bouncy canopy walkways provide information to researchers that is not usually available at ground level.

Don't miss the scenic, narrated tour of the Upper Myakka Lake from the "world's largest airboat". With plenty of wildlife available for viewing, your one-hour ride around this shallow lake will be informative, relaxing and fun. Bring the binoculars and cameras to best capture everything near and far. When you're back on solid ground, head for the tram tour where another illuminating, relaxing trip will provide glimpses of the park's history and eco systems. During the winter season the tours are very popular and it is advisable to secure your spot as early as possible during the day so that you don't miss out.

Myakka River State Park is filled with oak trees, sabal palms and pine woodlands. The biking and hiking trails wind through many primitive areas and Southwest Florida's wilderness charms can be seen and explored from this vantage. Trails along the lakes and river can be walked and canoes, kayaks and boats, piloted by adventuresome tourists and locals, regularly ply these waterways. Fishing and bird watching are some of the most popular activities at the park and alligator spotting happens on a routine basis. The "Birdwalk", an above-ground boardwalk extending into the marsh areas around the lake and terminating at a large observation deck, is a fine place to relax and view many species of birds - whether you're a bird watcher or not.

Picnic areas are scattered throughout the park. You can bring your own lunch or purchase sandwich-fare at the Myakka Outpost, where food, drinks, gift items, souvenirs and rentals are handled. Hats, sunscreens, bug-repellants and other items necessary to endure the sometimes rugged Florida outdoors can also be found at the Outpost.

Located in the southwest Florida interior, this is not a "beach-type" state park. However, there are plenty of captivating activities and adventures for all ages and, like a spark to gasoline, Myakka River State Park will ignite the imagination even of those with only a passing interest in the great outdoors.

For more information on Myakka River State Park, visit the park's website. Everything from camping and cabin reservations to pictures can be found there.

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