In November 2018, a $65 million bond referendum passed to extend The Legacy Trail north to Payne Park and south for a connector to North Port. Of the $65 million, $2 million has been earmarked for this connector.
Sarasota County parks staff and government leadership are currently in the process of working with the City of North Port and planners to determine the route and its feasibility, accessibility, costs, materials, environmental impacts, and other development matters.
Two routes are currently being considered (see interactive map below). Both routes start along the Legacy Trail in Venice (near Nokomis Community Park) and continue along Edmondson Road and Border Road toward North Port.
At the easternmost part of Border Road, the alternatives include:
- Entering the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve and enhancing the existing nine-mile packed-surface South Power Line Trail to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port.
- Continuing along the lightly used paved South Moon Drive and Forbes Trail into Deer Prairie Creek Preserve and Schewe Ranch and creating a new three-mile paved or packed-surface trail to West Price Boulevard in North Port. Planners are also exploring a route in the preserve toward Warm Minerals Springs, and another route in the preserve toward Deer Prairie Creek, near U.S. 41.
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Interactive Map of Potential Routes
The route from the Legacy Trail along Edmondson Road and Border Road is on paved roads with a combination of bike lanes, a 1-mile multi-use trail section, road shoulders, and sidewalks. The South Power Line Trail through Carlton Reserve is currently available as a nine-mile packed-surface trail; it is currently primitive and there are few amenities. The route through Deer Prairie Creek Preserve is essentially impassable after getting off the paved South Moon Drive and Forbes Trail. There are some packed-surface trails, but they are primitive. Please visit the Sarasota County parks website for more information on the Carlton Reserve and Deer Prairie Creek Preserve, which includes more detailed maps and information.
Description of Northern Route
(Southern Route is the Same Through Mile 6.51)
|Suitability||Bicycle, Walking (section on Border Road is mostly a bike lane on both sides of the road)
|0||Park at Nokomis Community Park and take The Legacy Trail a short distance to Colonia Ln E crossing. Go left (east) on Colonia Ln E 0.68 mi to Albee Farm Rd. S. There is a bike lane and sidewalk on both sides of the road.
Alternate: Go an additional 0.25 miles north on The Legacy Trail and exit the trail at the wooden bridge on the right. This leads to Florence St, which you can take to Albee Farm Rd and go straight onto Edmonson Road.
|0.68||Left on Albee Farm Rd. Bike lane and sidewalk on both sides of road.
|0.93||Right on Edmondson Road.|
|1.90 to 2.94||Pinebrook Rd. Intersection – continue on Edmondson Road. There is now a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail on the south side of the road on this section.
|2.94||N. Auburn Rd intersection – continue straight. Road changes name to Border Rd. Sidewalks end.
|3.07||Bridge over I-75. Paved shoulders on both sides of road for next 3.44 miles.
|6.51||Left on Mabry Carlton Pkwy. Border Rd becomes a gravel road at this intersection.
|6.85||Right at Carlton Reserve sign onto gravel road.|
|7.42||Left at T
|7.84||Right on South Power Line Trail
|16.44||Bridge over Myakkahatchee Creek into Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port|