The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Update: Registration for the 2023 Trust for Public Land Tour de Parks bicycle ride is now open. Click here for more information and registration.

Osprey Junction Trailhead Opening February 14

Osprey Junction Trailhead (map), which has been closed for construction for the last several months, will reopen with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, February 14 at 10:00 AM. A number of improvements have been made to the trailhead, including paved parking and new restroom facilities.

New Video Describing The Legacy Trail

Check out this beautiful new video about the current state of the trail and its value to the community. Many thanks to Rich Tyson of the Sarasota Bradenton RE Group for producing the video, and also thanks to Louis Kosiba, FLT President, for his presentation on the video!

North Sarasota Multi-Modal Connector Renderings

FDOT and Sarasota County are currently developing designs for an overpass over I-75 connecting Lakewood Ranch with Cattleman Road near Nathan Benderson Park. The project, named the North Sarasota Multimodal Connector (NSMC), is progressing past the 60% phase toward 90% plans. The renderings above show the current design concept. The overpass will include multi-modal paths for cyclists and pedestrians. No start or completion date is currently scheduled.

Connector to Nathan Benderson Park

Possible route through Bobby Jones Golf Club and Nature Park

Sarasota City staff have proposed some very interesting routes for a trail connecting The Legacy Trail to Bobby Jones Park, as part of a connecting trail to Nathan Benderson Park. Read more …

Progress on the Design of Legacy Trail Overpasses at Clark and Bee Ridge Roads

FDOT presented their current concept for the design of these overpasses to county commissioners at their December 13 meeting. The plans are expected to be complete by the end of 2022, with construction to begin in the Fall of 2023. Both overpass projects are expected to be completed by November 2024. Click here for more information and pictures.

Bridge Over Deer Prairie Creek in North Port
Now Installed (But Not Open Yet)

The steel truss bridge span over Deer Prairie Creek was installed on 11/3/22. Thanks to Brett Koppes for letting us know and for sending photos and an amazing drone video of the installation. See map above for the location of the bridge. When completed, the bridge will allow access to the North Port Legacy Trail connector via the natural surface trail, now designated the Alphabet Trail (Sure beats walking over the weir!). Parking will be available at the Deer Prairie Creek Preserve South parking area, which can be accessed from Tamiami Trail.

According to Brett, the bridge will need additional concrete work and the parking area is still closed for the construction. Stay tuned for updates! Click here for more information, construction video, and pictures.

Sarasota County and The Legacy Trail team are hiring a
Trades Worker position!

Here’s your opportunity to work on The Legacy Trail and make a difference in your community! This position works as part of the Natural Areas and Trails team, and helps make The Legacy Trail and other Sarasota County trails and trailheads safe, clean and fun. Click here to apply today!

Trail Alerts

Feb. 14 to Mid-February Osprey Junction Trailhead – CLOSED: Osprey Junction Trailhead will be under construction for park improvements and will be closed during construction. Please utilize a different trailhead for parking during this time. See map for alternative parking locations. This trailhead is now expected to open mid-February.


Total To Date:   $122,795 from 877 Donations.

Help Us Fund Amenities on the Trail and its connectors.  Donate square feet of The Trail and know the GPS location of your square feet!
Click Here to Get Your Part of The Trail!
Current Donor List

Here are the locations of the next available square feet:
In Sarasota        In Palmer Ranch

Friends of The Legacy Trail