Deer Prairie Creek Preserve



Location Of Deer Prairie Creek Preserve


North entrance at 7001 Forbes Trail, Venice


South entrance at 10201 South Tamiami Trail.


Amenities: North entrance amenities include hiking and equestrian trails, horse trailer parking and a horse watering trough, restrooms, picnic shelters and benches and a kayak and canoe landing. South entrance amenities include hiking trails, fishing, picnic shelters (including an ADA-accessible shelter) and benches, and a canoe and kayak launch. Please note that equestrian access is through the north entrance only.


Dog-friendly, but dogs must be leashed


Family-Friendly, but cyclists under 16 must wear helmets


Hours: Deer Prairie Creek Preserve is open from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., April through October, and from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., November through March.



One of The Main Attractions That Makes Venice A Great Place To Live


Venice, Florida's Deer Prairie Creek Preserve is one of Sarasota County's most popular destinations for bird-watchers, nature lovers, hikers, bicyclists, and equestrian enthusiasts. This 6,439-acre, untamed nature preserve set on Florida's magnificent Myakka River offers more than 70 miles of trails (trails are primitive and rated from easy to moderate) and scenic vistas of the woods and wetlands.


You're likely to encounter some real "Florida natives" at Deer Prairie Creek Preserve, including jays, wading birds, wild turkeys, otters, gators, and tortoises. Native plants flourish throughout the preserve, especially in the autumn and springtime.

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