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While taking in the scenery and spectacular views of the Gulf, a leisurely ride along Manasota Key Road is an unbelievable experience. And, if you work up a sweat, it’s easy to pull over and cool off at one of the beaches along the way. The narrow winding road eventually ends at Stump Pass Park where you can take a stroll under a canopy of trees to your own private sandy location.
You may want to pack snorkel gear as at low tide you can head to some great little islands south of Stump Pass (about a mile and a half, total) for some of the best shelling and marine life viewing.
Other interesting rides:
Boca Grande Bike Path -
Length: 6.50 miles
Visitors come to Gasparilla Island for its soothing beaches, upscale eateries, shopping and the history in and around Boca Grande. You, too, can sample these amenities up and down this paved 6.5-mile trail.
Parking and Trail Access - To access the northern trailhead from Port Charlotte, take State Route 776 south to SR 771,
which accesses the island via the Boca Grande Causeway (toll). The trailhead is on the left, just past the causeway.
To reach the Range Light Beach access, follow the above directions onto the island, but continue on SR 771 south. The access point is on the right, within sight of the old lighthouse.
Cape Haze Pioneer Trail -
Length: 6.80 miles
When you walk, run, skate or bike the nearly 7-mile
Cape Haze Pioneer Trail, you're tracing the line that once serviced Florida's early phosphate industry and also moved
people, livestock and locally grown crops to waiting steamships in Boca Grande.
There are plans to extend the trail south to the Gulf and connect it with the Boca Grande Bike Path.
Parking and Trail Access - To reach the Robert and Anne Mercer Trailhead from Port Charlotte, take State Route 776
west to SR 771 south. The trailhead lies on the right about a block south of the intersection.
To reach the Rotonda Boulevard East trailhead, follow the above directions but continue south on SR 771 about 2 miles, then
turn right on Rotonda. The trailhead is on the left.
To reach the R. David Johnson Trailhead, follow the directions to the Rotonda trailhead but continue south on SR 771 just
more than 2 miles to Harness Road; turn right and continue to the trailhead.
Legacy Trail -
Length: 12.40 miles
The Legacy Trail between Sarasota to Venice covers 12
miles and runs along a former CSX Railroad corridor. The trail passes by lovely waterways and includes rest areas with
benches and restrooms. A new bypass over US 41 allows for a direct connection to the Venetian Waterway Park.
Venetian Waterway Park -
Length: 9.50 miles
Surface: Concrete, Grass
The Venetian Waterway Park Trail follows along both
sides of the Intracoastal Waterway. You will also find playgrounds, fitness stops as well as beautiful Caspersen Beach. The
north end of the trail links directly with the Legacy Trail.
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Anna Maria Island