Legacy Trail (Bike trail) Venice Reviews
Legacy Trail bike Path - Explore Sarasota County The Back Way Nov 03, 2008
If you're tired of the typical Florida attractions or are on a tight budget this might be something you'll want to add to your event list.
Legacy Trail is part of a Sarasota County project called 'rails to trails' the path used to be a railroad, but has since been turned into a recreational trail that provides a large biking path to the community.
Riders can exercise and explore without the fear of being hit by cars; (since no motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail), can make their way through several parks in the area, and explore Sarasota county the 'back way'.
Legacy Trail has seven trail heads with free parking so you can of course load your bike in the car and drive there if you have a long way to come from your hotel or campground, but some locals have even cut out holes in their shrubbery in their back yards to make it easier for them to get to the trail!
If you plan on going make sure you bring lots of water, and anything else you may need in your car since there's not really anyplace to get anything on the trails. But if you really need to you can cut off the trails, and on to the main road on 41, and there are lots of stores right on that street - But be careful; it's very busy.
There's a shopping center with a Publix, resturants, ect. right down Laurel road where the path intersects the street which used to be a railroad crossing when the tracks were still active.
* Venice Train Depot
* Patriot’s Park
* Nokomis Park
* Laurel Park
* Oscar Scherer Park
* US41 Bypass
* Colonia Lane
* Laurel Road
* Bay Street
* Central Sarasota Parkway
* Palmer Ranch Parkway
* McIntosh Road
There's also maps at the website that give you an idea of how long the trail is, where the heads are, ect.
The trail is 12.4 miles long, and there's plenty of room to explore. Historically the railroad was of importance to the area dating back to the 1900's, but you can read up on the history at the site as well.
I thought this might make a useful guide - Since people who are not local probably would not have heard about this part of Sarasota County.
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