Ride The Legacy Trail in Venice Florida

Ride The Legacy Trail in Venice Florida

The railroad facilitated the growth of our area by hauling out various local commodities such as turpentine and lumber, and by bringing in the students of the Kentucky Military Institute every year to Venice. The Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Baily Circus animals were also brought down this rail line to spend the winter in Florida. If you are looking to ride The Legacy Trail in Venice Florida and are coming from the general direction of Sarasota or points north we recommend Oscar Scherer Park as a great place to start out. (Oscar Scherer Park WEBSITE opens new window). Oscar Scherer Park is officially in the town of Osprey, and it's also a good choice if you are coming to the area by Interstate I-75.

Entering Oscar Scherer Park
Pay the $5-per-car entry fee and drive straight to the back of the park, including the last packed dirt section. The back end of the park connects to The Legacy Trail. From the Oscar Scherer Park trail-head there is less trail to the north than there is to the south. So once you get youre rental bike from us hang a right onto the trail and head south toward Venice. The first landmark you will encounter is the overpass for Highway 681, followed shortly by the crossing at Laurel Road.

Laurel Road Crossing ride the legacy trail in venice floridaCrossing Laurel Road
As of January 2018 there is some construction in the area of Laurel Road Crossing, so keep an eye out for the detour signs that direct you around the construction. The county is installing a pedestrian overpass at Laurel Crossing so that one day users of the trail will not have to cross the road-traffic. 

Donna Bay and Robert's Bay Bridges
Next up are the two bridges that cross the bays. Bring your camera/phone as there are several lookouts where you can pull over and gawk at the crabs while just generally sighing at the beauty of the thing. These two bridges are complete replacements of the old rail bridges that used to be there, and are flat, and close to the water-level. You may get a unique sensation from being out in the middle of the bay on a bicycle.

Patriot's Park and the Pedestrian Bridge
911 Memorial Monument in Patriot's Park in Venice Florida. Copyright 2008The next significant landmark south is the pedestrian bridge over US Highway 41.  But just before that on your right-hand side is Patriot's Park. There is no official exit from the trail to get to the park, but you can cross a shallow drainage ditch and use the parking-lot of the Hampton Inn to get to Patriot's. Or, hang a right onto the sidewalk just before you get to the Pedestrian Bridge and you can circle around to Patriot's. Look for the 911 Memorial Monument once you get there.

Ride The Legacy Trail in Venice Florida over the pedestrian bridge.

Cross the Pedestrian Bridge over US Hiway 41 and now you are in the vicinity of shopping and a number of restaurants. Continue a couple of hundred yards south of the pedestrian bridge and The Legacy Trail terminates at the Historic Venice Train Depot. Directly behind the train station is Legacy Park, which is an excellent launching point and one of our favorite rental bike delivery locations if you're looking to ride The Legacy Trail in Venice Florida. Restrooms and water-fountains are available as well as lots of parking year-round.

 

 

 

Historic Venice Train Depot

 

 

You can rent a bike to ride The Legacy Trail in Venice Florida and have it delivered to you in the morning and picked up on the same day in the afternoon. We can deliver rental bikes to day-ride customers at any of our trail-side delivery locations along the Venice Bike Trail and The Legacy Trail, but til, and Shamrock Park in the south section of the Venice Bike Trail (aka. Venetian Waterway Park Trail). Because they are in opposite directions from each other, it's a simple matter to ride from one park to the other for scenic day ride.

If you are mobile you can CLICK to CALL US at: 941-412-3821 to make a rental-reservation. We offer free delivery and pickup in Nokomis, Venice, and Englewood.