The Legacy Trail – Venice to Sarasota

Bobcat Family on The Trail
Photo: Denise Arthur

Birthday Celebration for US 41 Bridge - 5 Years Old!

North Port Connector Bridge Now Completed!

Farmers Market Director Phil Pagano (left) and Sarasota City
Commissioner Suzanne Atwel (in pink) visit the FLT
tent at the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market

It's a Gator on
The Trail!

Build It and They Will Come

A Video About The Legacy Trail Extension
by Joel Calabrese

Update on The Legacy Trail Bridge
Over Laurel Road - 11/8/16



Just in — Great News!

Gulf Coast Community Foundation Gives $50K Grant To Support Legacy Trail Extension Project  

The Trust for Public Land announced today that it has received a $50,000 grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation to help extend The Legacy Trail into downtown Sarasota. Funds will be used to support appraisals, boundary surveys, environmental assessments and other project expenses needed to advance the proposed acquisition of approximately eight miles of rail corridor needed for the extension project.  More …


2017 Tour de Parks Registration Now Open

TdP 2017 logoA bicycle ride to support The Legacy Trail.

20, 35 and 62-Mile Scenic Fun Rides
12 Beautiful Parks!

Click here for information and registration.



Join Us at Our First Get Together of The Season!
Monday, December 5,  5:30 p.m.
Gulf Gate Library (Map)

Celebrate “Friends of The Legacy Trail” 10th Birthday!

Catch Up on All that has Happened over the Summer.
Find Out about Our Fun Events this season!
Get Acquainted with Others, Like You, Who Love The Trail!
Refreshments Served.



Bike Repair Stations Coming to The Trail!


Sarasota County will be installing four bike repair stations on the Legacy Trail and more at other locations in the county. The four proposed locations on the Trail are: Osprey Junction Trailhead, Venice Train Depot, Laurel Park and Central Sarasota Parkway. Installation will begin in November.  Special thanks to Patrick Lui, County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Coordinator, for initiating and making this idea happen.  Also, thanks to Megan Donoghue, Parks Department, who will be assembling and installing the stations.  More …


Save The Dates!

TdP 2017 logo 2017 Tour de Parks

The date for the 2017 Tour de Parks bike ride has been set for Sunday, March 26, 2017.  Once again, Friends of The Legacy Trail and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club will be teaming up to put on this great event.

frogg2 10th Annual
Everglades Ride
April 2, 2017

Sponsored by the Friends of the River of Grass Greenway (FROGG).  Sign up for the 16, 27 (off-road) or 62-mile course.  To register and for more information, visit Race Roster at



1357395743-green-800px TripAdvisor Gives The Legacy Trail Its Certificate of Excellence
Rates The Trail among the top ten “Things to Do” in Sarasota.  Read more …

Recent Articles

venice-1-30-16-150 ‘Legacy’ is a Long Trail of Attraction
by Steve Baumann
trail-logo-web Why I Love The Legacy Trail by Roger Normand.


Speakers Bureau

Max presentation-120pxFLT volunteers give many presentations throughout the year to schools, homeowner associations, churches, businesses, clubs and others who would like to know more about The Legacy Trail.  Our lively presentation typically covers trail amenities, history, and the latest news on  efforts to extend the trail to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.  The presentation can also be tailored to the unique interest and time available.  We arrive “fully equipped” at your location with laptop and projector, or we can load our presentation on your A/V equipment.

We are enthusiastic supporters of The Legacy Trail, and want to share our passion for this multi-use, non-motorized trail.  Help us build the broad community support for the next critical decision point – finding and committing the estimated $25M money necessary to acquire and build the trail extension.

Contact us to schedule a free presentation to your group.


Friends of The Legacy Trail, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.