The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

New Articles on Area Trail Development Plans

The following articles just published in The Sarasota News Leader provide an in-depth look at ongoing efforts to extend the county trail system beyond The Legacy Trail.  The articles are currently free to view.

Transformation of Ringling Boulevard into ‘complete street’ from Lime Avenue to Pineapple Avenue to begin next week

Image courtesy of City of Sarasota

Progress on the North Port Connector:
Installation of Bridge Over Deer Prairie Creek

New video of the beautiful job of assembling and installing the new bridge over Deer Prairie Creek as part of the construction of the new Legacy Trail North Port Connector. Thanks again to business member Brett Koppes, “The Sarasota Drone Guy,” for providing another great drone video of the installation.

New Restroom at Culverhouse Nature Park

by Roger Normand

The long awaited restroom and water fountain is taking shape at Culverhouse Nature Park along The Legacy Trail. The design is like those built at the Ashton Road and Sarasota Springs Trailheads. It is not visible from the trail. Enter the park and proceed less than 100 yards towards the community gardens.

Sarasota Trail Alignment Study
– Please Take the Survey –

The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has initiated a study focused on developing a network of biking and walking trails that will connect to schools, universities, parks, transit stops, essential services, local attractions, and other key destinations from the Legacy Trail in downtown Sarasota, north to University Parkway, west to Sarasota Bay, and east to Lorraine Road.

As part of this study, they are seeking your input in a new survey about the development of the trail network in our counties.   For more information and to take the survey, click here.

The Entire Legacy Trail
Is Now Open!

With the ribbon-cutting ceremony on 3/3/22 the final segment of The Legacy Trail North Extension was officially opened. You can now travel on the trail from Venice to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota. (Map)

The drone video below, provided by FLT business member Brett Koppes, shows the route of the final segment that was completed. Thank you Brett for all of the amazing drone videos of the trail extension project.

New Sponsorship Program for Trail Amenities

Want to support the trail and be recognized with your name, or your business name, on one of the trail amenities. Sarasota County, in cooperation with Friends of The Legacy Trail, has just launched a new program that allows you to sponsor many types of trail amenities, including stop stations, shelters, benches, playgrounds, and more.  Check out this brochure for more details and sponsorship rates.

Trail Alerts

Ashton trailhead

Monday, May 23:
The Ashton Trailhead playground will be temporarily closed for surface repair. For questions, contact the Sarasota County contact center at 311 or 941-861-5000.

January 3 to Summer 2022 – Culverhouse Nature Park: Culverhouse Nature Park will be under construction for park improvements and have very limited parking. Please utilize a different trailhead for parking during this time. See map for alternative parking locations.

Feb. 14 to Fall 2022 Osprey Junction Trailhead – CLOSED: Osprey Junction Trailhead will be under construction for park improvements and will be closed during construction. Please utilize a different trailhead for parking during this time. See map for alternative parking locations.


Total To Date:   $116,375 from 849 Donations.

Help Us Fund Amenities on the Trail and its connectors.  Donate square feet of The Trail and know the GPS location of your square feet!
Click Here to Get Your Part of The Trail!
Current Donor List

Here are the locations of the next available square feet:
In Sarasota        In Palmer Ranch

Friends of The Legacy Trail