The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida


Total To Date:   $38,858 from 328 Donations.

Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Donoghue
(click to enlarge)

Build It and They Will Come

A Video About The Legacy Trail Extension
by Joel Calabrese

FLT Board Members Celebrate Purchase of Next Trail Segment
With New Sign at North End of Trail

Making adjustments near the Venice Train Depot!

Start of 2017 Tour de Parks

Sunset From Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Darryl Lang
Click to Enlarge

Laurel Group Celebrates Acquisition of the New Trail Corridor

Coastal Cruisers group brave a cold Sunday morning.

Helmet Fitting in Venice
Send us your pictures with the new sign at the north end of the trail  to add to our gallery!  Send to:  Click here for gallery.

It’s Official!  Legacy Trail Extension Referendum Now on Ballot of Fall General Election

Carolyn Brown, head of Sarasota County’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources, addresses the County Commissioners about The Legacy Trail Extension. The Commissioners unanimously approved including a referendum on the trail extension funding in the November general election. Click here for Herald-Tribune article.


The county is now the proud owner of another 2.7 miles of rail corridor as part of the Phase 1 extension of The Legacy Trail!!    Yay!!!  Click here for press release.   See map.

More info …

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:   $38,858 from 328 Donations.

Laurel Road Bridge Construction Detour Update:

The current official detour for cyclist riding both north and south on The Legacy Trail is still the Mission Valley Blvd light. We will see a detour change in the month of March. The sidewalk on the south side of Laurel Road is currently closed due to the construction. Sidewalk traffic is being detoured across Laurel Road using the new signalized crosswalk. In about two weeks, work will begin on the north side of Laurel Rd. When that starts happening, we will  see the detour change for Legacy Trail cyclists.

Trail News

by Roger Normand

As 2017 came to a close, two words sum the view of most people when asked about efforts to extend the Legacy Trail:
GRATITUDE for the County buying a nearly 3 mile segment of abandoned rail corridor from CSX Transportation, Inc. in December; and OPTIMISM for a planned County-wide voter referendum in November 2018 to buy  the remaining rail corridor to downtown Sarasota, build a complete, paved trail with two overpasses and amenities, and help better connect North Port to the Legacy Trail. That gratitude was compounded with elation following news that FDOT had included $7.5M  in a future budget to support the extension.  More …



A whole weekend of trail-related activities, including:

Click here for more info.

The Trust for Public Land – Tour de Parks
Registration Now Open!

The Trust for Public Land Tour de Parks bicycle ride will be held on Sunday March 25, 2018.

Click here for more information and to register.


Ride the Surrey

Reservations for the 2018 season now being taken.

Click Here for Information.


The Legacy Trail Will Be 10 Years Old This Year!

A special anniversary event will be held on Friday, March 23 from 4pm to 6pm at Laurel Community Park in Nokomis. Join your fellow trail users and celebrate the most popular multi-use recreational trail in Florida!

Cake, ice cream, giveaways, music, snacks, prizes, bike safety check, Trail Extension information and more!

Don’t miss it! Mark your calendar!

Speakers Bureau

FLT 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 money necessary to acquire and build the trail extension.

Contact us to schedule a free presentation to your group.

Check Out Our New 10-Year Anniversary Shirt

Available in two styles.  Click Here for more information and to order!

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