The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Update: Segment 2 of North Extension is now scheduled to open October 7. Segment 3 is scheduled to open in late November or early December!
(See Timeline)

Segment 1 of the North Extension Now Open!!

Segment 1 of the Legacy Trail North Extension from Proctor Road to Bahia Vista is now open to the public!! In addition, the county has also opened sections of Segment 2 from Culverhouse Nature Park to Sawyer Loop Road, and from Proctor Road to just north of Ashton Road.

Since Friends of The Legacy Trail first proposed extending The Trail into downtown Sarasota in 2013, it has been a long, hard, campaign with many ups and downs along the way.  The opening of Segment 1 represents a very significant milestone for our community and all who have supported and worked for the Extension.

Here are a few scenes showing how we got here:

FLT Proposes Trail Extension to County Commissioners
Photo from Sarasoto News Leader Oct. 11, 2013
Hundreds of Information Tables
Meetings with County Commissioners
New Sign and Board Members

FLT Board Members Celebrate Purchase of
First 2-Mile Rail Segment

FLT Speakers Bureau Gave Many Presentations
to Local Organizations
Campaigning Everywhere
Two of Our Biggest Supporters
Thank You Sarasota County
Election Day
We Won!!
Celebrating Purchase of Rail Corridor
Groundbreaking for the North Extension
Trail Clearing Begins
Segment 2 Clearing
Plaque at South Creek Rest Stop
Progress! Trail clearing proceeding on
Segment 2 of the extension.
Construction Begins
Paving Begins on Segment 1
New kiosk, palm trees, and pavement
at Wilkinson Ave. Intersection
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Tour the Entire Legacy Trail
Extension by Drone

Thanks again to Brett Koppes, “The Sarasota Drone Guy”, for doing a beautiful job providing an aerial update of progress along the entire length of the extension. The entire trail extension is shown in the four videos below. Enjoy the tour!

Legacy Trail Alerts

August 12 – October The Legacy Trail and Patriots Park: Contractors will begin construction on the Patriots Park access to The Legacy Trail, located just north of the US 41 pedestrian overpass. Construction will go on for several weeks with a tentative completion sometime in October. The trail will remain open, but use caution in the construction area.
Starting August 13 – The Legacy Trail: Weather depending, contractors will begin pavement striping along the entire length of The Legacy Trail. They will be working in sections, and will partially close the trail so users can still pass. Please go slow and use caution.
Ongoing – The Legacy Trail northern extension: Contractors will be watering along the Legacy Trail northern extension from Culverhouse Nature Park to Bahia Vista St. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for several months.
If you have any questions, please email or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.


Total To Date:   $98,163 from 767 Donations.

Help Us Fund Amenities on the Trail Extension.  Donate square feet of The Trail and know the GPS location of your square feet!
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Current Donor List

Here is the approximate location of the next available square foot.

Friends of The Legacy Trail