Rent Bikes for The Legacy Trail
start from legacy park (in Venice)
395 East Venice Ave. Venice FL.
Looking to rent bikes for The Legacy Trail? Legacy Park is a customer-favorite for our free-delivery of rental bikes. The park is located on the mainland-side of the Venice Avenue bridge just behind the Historic Venice Train Depot. Use the roads beside, and “under” the Venice Avenue bridge to get to the park. From the park you can access both the Legacy Trail by pedaling north, and the Venice Trail by heading south.
Book bikes for The Legacy Trail starting from Legacy Park. FREE DELIVERY. Bikes arrive by 9:00 AM.
(Book online by 9:00 PM the night before your ride, or by calling us by 5:00 PM the night before.)
General Info about The Legacy Trail
The Legacy Trail
The Legacy Trail is an old railroad-bed that was re-purposed by Sarasota County in 2004. The county joined with The Trust for Public Land to purchase the first 12.5 mile section of the old Seaboard Airline Railway.
The tracks have now been removed and the rail bed paved with asphalt. The trail is open to pedestrians, skaters, and bicycles from 6:00 AM to sunset. The Legacy Trail is wide enough to allow four bikes to pass abreast, however, users of the trail, either on foot, or wheels, should never travel more than two-abreast in one direction.
From 1960 to 1992 the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Baily circus used this railway to bring the circus animals to stay in Venice for the winter.
The Legacy Trail officially begins at the Historic Venice Train Depot and runs north toward Sarasota, and ends just south of Clark road. The trail is not lighted. No travel after sunset is permitted.
Bridges across Dona Bay and Robert’s Bay
During the Summer of 2010 two key bridges over local waterways were added to the Legacy Trail. These low bridges are close to the water and allow trail-users to cross Dona Bay, and Robert’s Bay without leaving the safety of the Trail. Both bridges include scenic lookouts where you can stop and take in the view. Be sure to bring your camera as sunrises and sunsets are particularly spectacular viewed from either bridge. The trail officially opens at 6:00 AM and closes at sunset each day. This doesn’t mean that you are locked in. There aren’t any gates, in fact. But the trail is not lighted, and you could easily be injured attempting to ride in the dark.
The Hiway 41 Pedestrian Bridge
Perhaps the crown jewel in the construction of the Legacy Trail is the gorgeous pedestrian bridge across US 41 in Venice. The bridge was completed in 2012 and is just north of the Train Station on the Legacy Trail. Pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters can cross US Hi-way 41 Bypass without getting into road-traffic. Although improvements to facilities continue, the Venice Train Depot, Patriot’s Park, and Laurel Park are the only convenient stops along The Legacy Trail where restrooms and drinking-water is readily available. There are a number of covered rest-stops with park-benches, and one port-o-let in the northern section, but there are no other amenities along the trail’s length. Plan to bring water and any food that you may need. While the actual usage of the trail greatly exceeds the projected usage, it is still possible during some mid-day hours in the Summer to ride the length of the trail without seeing another soul.