The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida


Thank You Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast!

Starting at about 8:30 minutes there is info about the Nature Park at Bobby Jones Golf Club and FLT. Click here to view video.


Payne Park is operated by the City of Sarasota. There are two types of parking spaces available there. 

1. Park Visitors Parking Only ( 5am to 11 pm ): To use, one must be a patron of an activity at the park. Legacy Trail usage is NOT a park activity. If you are not engaged in a park activity, you will be ticketed.

2. Two Hour Parking: Legacy Trail cyclists are allowed to park in the 2-hour spaces. But beware, tires are marked with chalk. If you exceed the time limit you are subject to ticketing.

Parking is also available near the southeast corner of the park at Concordia Lutheran Church all days EXCEPT Sunday.


Click the image above for a recording of FLT’s annual membership meeting that took place on March 26, 2024. Speakers, in order of appearance, included Nicole Rissler, director of Sarasota County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources; Charles Hines, program director, Trust for Public Land Florida Gulf Coast Trail; Deputy Cathy Duff, Crime Prevention Unit, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office; William Whidden, construction senior project administrator, Florida Department of Transportation, District One.  


Construction of Clark Rd. and Bee Ridge Rd. Overpasses Now Underway

Many thanks to Business Member Brett Koppes (The Sarasota Drone Guy) for providing this video of the current (2/28) state of construction work on the overpasses at Clark Road and Bee Ridge Road. See more amazing videos and previous trail construction videos on his Facebook page. Stay tuned for more updates!

Conceptual Image of Finished Overpass

Florida Department of Transportation construction of the pedestrian overpasses at Clark Road and Bee Ridge Road are moving forward in the first stage of construction. Florida Power & Light is currently working on the powerline transitions from overhead to underground at both Bee Ridge Road and Clark Road overpasses. There will be intermittent trail closures in the area with no detour available. For information and design renderings, visit: swflroads.com/project/440448-1

Here are a few renderings provided by FDOT and Sarasota County.

Some pertinent information:

  • The overpasses will be 12 feet wide and use the same construction method as used for the Laurel Rd. overpass. This type of construction uses reinforced earth on the approaches to the mid-span. Click here for details of this method.
  • The design of the Clark Rd. overpass is influenced by the need for compatibility with a future project to straighten the McIntosh Road intersection at Clark Road. There is currently no funding for straightening the McIntosh intersection, so it is unlikely this project will start any time soon.
  • When the McIntosh Road intersection is straightened, it will be necessary for trail users to cross McIntosh immediately after (or before if traveling south) crossing the overpass. One conceptual plan suggested by Spencer Anderson, Sarasota County Public Works Director, would be to slightly raise McIntosh Road and have the trail go under the road (see conceptual images in gallery above).

Introducing the first FLT cycling jersey!

Made from very comfortable high-quality SPF 30 fabric, the jersey features full front zipper, back pockets, and vibrant colors for visibility on the trail and roads.

The jerseys are a standard cut and run true to size (men’s XS-5X, women’s XXS-5X, youth S-XL). They are not a snug racing cut. For a looser fit, order one size up. Jerseys are available either with or without sleeves. The price is $75 for all sizes and cuts.

Ordering Instructions

Visit our Information booth at the Ashton Trailhead (weather permitting) to purchase a jersey by cash or credit card.
or,
Send an email to legacytrailsales@gmail.com with the following information: size, cut (men’s, women’s, or youth), with or without sleeves, and phone number in the event we need to contact you about your order. You may order multiple jerseys by clearly indicating the descriptive information above for each jersey in your email. Send a check for $75 each, made payable to FLT, and mail to FLT, 744 Tropical Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242. Or pay by Zelle to legacytrailsales@gmail.com. We will notify you when your jersey has arrived. You must pick up your jersey at the FLT information table on the Legacy Trail (see here). Jerseys can be purchased directly at the information table as well.