FAMILY BIKE RIDES at the Carlton Reserve - 2023
Dates: Third Sundays - May 21st (FINAL RIDE UNTIL THE FALL)
Times: 10:00 a.m. start. Duration: 1-2 hours, depending on the group.
Ages: Must be able to ride an Off Road bicycle. Children MUST be accompanied by parent(s)/legal guardian(s). 
Pre-registration is required. Limit 10 participants. 
Wear: Clothing applicable to riding a bicycle on bumpy trails through the woods, close-toed shoes.
Bring: Bicycle suitable for riding off the road - wide tires (Mountain bikes preferred, but not required), extra water, hat (for during breaks), sunscreen, insect repellant, HELMET (Required for ALL participants), padded bike gloves and binoculars (optional), snacks/lunch (optional, but encouraged).
Sponsored by Sarasota County. Join Sarasota County Volunteers David Reynolds and Jonah Sklaroff (both expert Off Road Bicyclists) for an Off Road Wilderness Bicycle ride. Bring the kids and explore this beautiful Reserve together. Routes will vary depending on trail conditions and group participants' skill levels on the day of the ride. (Some trails may have unexpected wild hog damage.)
Please register by emailing Linda at - include your names/ages, Parent/Legal Guardian MUST accompany children, best phone number to text/call. She will confirm the date of your reservation and let you know where to meet.
Please register by texting Linda at (941) 704-3827 - leave a text message with your names/ages, Parent/Legal Guardian MUST accompany children, email and best phone number to return your call. She will confirm the date of your reservation and let you know where to meet.  
Questions (Non-Registration)? You can reach David at (941) 412-5575 or Jonah at (845) 399-9039 

Legacy Trail Extensions to North Port Update 2/1/21

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SCORR's latest Boldly Go map with SOTR and Rhindoculus loops
Adobe Acrobat Document 404.8 KB

SCORR's "Guest Rider Program" was in session today at the Carlton Reserve. Brooke Langston, Sarasota County Natural Parks, Preserves and Trails supervisor accompanied Linda Kaeslin Christian and I on a ride that included the Red Trail, South Powerline, the Jordyn Parcel and a taste of Boldlygo.



BIKE VENICE FLORIDA website has a wealth of information regarding area biking and plans for the future, including the North Port Connector that would link the Carlton to Myakkahatchee Creek Preserve and other adjacent natural lands.

SCORR (Sarasota County Off Road Riders) developed the Boldly Go trail in the Carlton and has more information on their Facebook page and website



Also check Sarasota County calendar for scheduled rides. Use the pull down menu and choose NATURE WALKS





Information & Website


Park Naturalists:

 Meghan Harris Meyer

         Art Jensen



Link to searchable U.S. map resources with parks, trails, campgrounds, historical sites, marinas, etc.


Field Guide.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.8 MB



Sarasota County

Field Guide

to Conservation Lands

(download 64pp. PDF)


Friends of the Carlton

is a chapter of  FOSCP   

not for profit corp.