The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

But the phone said no rain.
Thank goodness for the shelters!

Milano seasonal resident bikers are back to Venice!
Great 29 mile Casey Key Loop on a beautiful morning.

Linda and Richard from Michigan Enjoy the New South Creek Stop Station
Photo: Darryl Lang

Sunset From Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Darryl Lang
(click to enlarge)

Red Rider Returns to Osprey Junction Trailhead
- Sponsored by Coastal Cruisers -

Making adjustments near the Venice Train Depot!

Legacy Trail Dona Bay Bridge
Photo Credit: Craigi @craigsfire

Florida Sunset from New Laurel Road Bridge
Photo: Credit: James @jsarasota

They're Off! Start of the 2019 Tour de Parks
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New Gator Family Near Osprey Junction Trailhead

Bond Signing and Kickoff Celebration of the
"Race to Completion" of The Trail Extension

Photo: Joan Attenberg

Some Attendees at the Extension Kick-Off Event
For Now and Future Generations

Your Donations at Work: Beautiful new Legacy Trail signs that are now up at Bay Street.

Photo: Darryl Lang

Florida softshell turtle on the Trail near Culverhouse Park
Photo: Darryl Lang

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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Total To Date:   $74,463 from 646 Donations.

Help Fund the Trail Extension.  Click Here to
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New FLT Legacy Trail Shirts Now Available!!

Our new FLT shirts are currently available both by mail via the website or at info tables on the trail. The new shirts feature the current FLT logo on the front and a map of the trail that shows what it will look like once the trail extension project is completed. We have safety yellow available in women’s sizes in short sleeve, men’s sizes in short and long sleeve. Click here to order.

A limited amount of ladies alternative colors will be available at info tables on the trail. Please let us know what you think of the additional colors by contacting us at

E-Bikes Are Now Allowed on The Legacy Trail

In its November 19 meeting the Sarasota County Commission approved a resolution which, among other things, now allows anyone to use an electric bike on The Legacy Trail. Electric bikes will be regulated in the same manner as traditional bicycles. Click here to see the text of the resolution.

The Legacy Trail South Creek Stop Station and Learning Area is Now Officially Open

A celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony were held on Friday November 15 to mark the official opening. We hope all trail users will enjoy this new trail amenity sponsored by the Jelks Foundation and Friends of The Legacy Trail. See map here for location.

Darryl Lang cuts the ribbon. Darryl is the FLT board member who initiated and coordinated this project. Thanks Darryl and all who contributed!

Sarasota County is currently updating The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and is seeking your input to help define priorities. The results of the survey will influence future Legacy Trail connections and potential extensions. So please take a few minutes to provide your input.

Click Here for Survey

Herald-Tribune: Grants From Trust for Public Land and Gulf Coast Community Foundation for Bridge Design Could Speed Start for Connecting The Legacy Trail to North Port

North Port Connector Routes – Click to Enlarge

Three routes are currently under consideration for connecting The Legacy Trail to North Port. Two of these potential routes, shown in purple above, will require a bridge over a canal to connect the trail to W Price Blvd and to city-owned land that could potentially be used as a trail head. A grant of $33,500 being provided to the city of North Port for the design and/or construction of the bridge could expedite construction of the connector. Approximately $25,000 of the grant is being provided by The Trust for Public Land and $8,500 is from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Click here for the full Herald-Tribune article.

More info on the North Port Connector routes.

The Legacy Trail Extension is Discussed on “The Chair”, hosted by Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines

Thanks to Sarasota County Commission Chair Charles Hines, Director of Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Nicole Rissler, and Friends of the Legacy Trail President Louis Kosiba for bringing us up to date on the Legacy Trail extension! Check out the video:

Trail Alerts:

New!! You can now sign up to receive Legacy Trail notices directly from the County!

Sarasota County has just created an exciting new way for you to get up-to-date Legacy Trail notifications on closures and maintenance.

To get notifications by email, go here and click the link under “Maintenance and Closures”.  There you can sign up to receive notifications when work is being done on the trail. This email list will only be used to send out timely trail notifications.

New Striping at Bay Street and Central Sarasota Parkway

And thanks to FLT Board Member, Darryl Lang, for persevering to have this new striping painted at Bay Street. Bright yellow (replaces white) really shows up–>alerting Trail users to STOP before crossing. Striping at Central Sarasota Parkway intersection is also being redone. Thanks for donating to Friends of The Legacy Trail! Thanks to Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources for your help getting this done!

Friends of The Legacy Trail is a newly registered organization with the Amazon Smile Foundation! We are now eligible to receive 0.5% of your Amazon Smile purchases made here:
No additional cost to you! But donations from Amazon Smile will go directly to FLT! More info here …

You Can Donate Square Feet of the Extension and Know the GPS Location of Your Square Feet!

You will receive a personalized certificate with the GPS location of your feet. Click on the button below for more details and to donate.  (Donor List)
Your donations “demonstrate broad and persistent community support”  which is a criterion that makes the Legacy Trail competitive for SUN Trail  and other government and foundation funds to support the extension effort.  

Total To Date:   $74,463 from 646 Donations.

Here is the approximate location of the next available square foot.

Friends of The Legacy Trail