Situated 20 miles east of Sarasota, the 29,000 acre Myakka River State Park has a 12 mile horseback riding trail system. The 3 loops passes through dry grass/palmetto praires, palm islands and shaddy Oak hammocks. The park has a varied habitat of small wetlands, pine & live oak flatwoods, and dry praire provides home to 17,000 gators, thousands of ferral pigs, deer and bobcat.
To reach the trailhead from Sarasota, follow US41 south. Head east on Stickney Point Road which turns into Clark Road (aka SR72). After passing US75, continue east on SR72 for 8 miles to the park entrance. The best place to park is at the Myakka trailhead just past the Upper Lake.
Overall, Myakka River State Park is the 7th most popular horse trail of all 34 horseback rides in Florida.