In cooperation with Rails-to-Trails, Sarasota County has created  recreational paved pathways from former rail lines.

Now labeled the Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway, you can rollerblade, walk and peddle from Sarasota’s Clark Road all the way to Caspersen Beach. Folks flock to Caspersen Beach not just because it’s at the end of the road, but it’s “the prime” location to unearth fossilized teeth of ancient sharks. And, don’t forget to visit the historical downtown of Venice where boutiques and shops beckon you to browse and sidewalk eateries offer a bite to eat.

The eighteen mile paved trail also travels through Oscar Scherer State Park… so bring a set of binoculars as wildlife viewing is excellent for… gopher tortoises, foxes, bobcats and scrub jays. Rest areas and signage with historical facts are strategically placed along the way with plenty of natural beauty including water views from trestle bridges over Donna and Roberts Bay.

In summer months, sunscreen and plenty of water are highly recommended.