The best source for maps is Sarasota County Parks/Recreation and Natural Resources where you'll find a full list of natural areas, each with its own page on which there's a map link which can be viewed on line or downloaded as a PDF.

Carlton Reserve Public Parking Area and shorter trails--color coded
See map key, upper right.
Carlton Shorter Trails.JPG
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Carlton Reserve Back Country Trails--intersections marked with numbered posts
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Carlton Trail Map with Mileage Between Markers
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.1 MB
Lincer Preserve (formerly Churchill tract)
Accessed from Carlton Reserve just west of marker 1
Lincer Preserve.JPG
JPG Image 4.2 MB
Lincer Preserve SCORR single track bike/hike trail
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Oak Cathedral Preserve (formerly Jordan parcel)
Accessed from Carlton Reserve at marker 35 or 76
Oak Cathedral Preserve.JPG
JPG Image 3.2 MB
Big Slough Preserve
East of Carlton Reserve and north of Myakkahatchee Creek Preserve
Big Slough Preserve.JPG
JPG Image 4.6 MB
Deer Prairie Creek Preserve Hiking and Equestrian Trail Map
Deer Prairie Creek Preserve.jpg
JPG Image 1.2 MB
Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway
Adobe Acrobat Document 6.0 MB
Manasota Scrub Preserve
Manasota Scrub Preserve.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 278.9 KB
Proposed North Port/Legacy Trail connector with Carlton Reserve spur
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.2 MB
Pinelands Reserve Public Use Area
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.2 MB
Sleeping Turtles N. (Ligon), entrance off Border Road
Sleeping Turtles N.Ligon.jpeg
JPG Image 3.0 MB
Sleeping Turtles N. (Rohlwing) entrance off Border Rd.
Sleeping Turtles N.Rohlwing.jpeg
JPG Image 3.6 MB
Sleeping Turtles South (entrance River Rd. near Snook Haven)
Adobe Acrobat Document 1'000.4 KB
SCORR's Boldly Go map with SOTR and Rhindoculus loops
Adobe Acrobat Document 404.8 KB

Link to BikeVeniceFlorida maps: SCORR maintained trails in the "Carlton Complex"--Boldly Go, POLR, SOTR, Live Long and Prosper

South Venice Lemon Bay Preserve: Kenisco, Ocelot, Alamander area tracts.
S. Venice Lemon Bay Preserve.jpeg
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Walton Ranch Trail Map from in .pdf
Walton Ranch Trail Map.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 85.8 MB

Trail Notes for Biking/Hiking        updated 2/12/2018


All self-guiding (color markers) trails have fallen trees due to Hurricane Irma. Backcountry trails are seasonally flooded.

South Powerline and Wellfield Loop Road are usually reliable.




All trails beyond the handicapped access public area are multi-use trails. Please be courteous and safe to other trail users. Many Backcountry Trails have recent hog damage--this makes bike riding difficult until rains settle the surface. Most trails may also double as firebreaks and may have been disced by tractors or otherwise conditioned to expose the soil which may become sandy in places. Be alert to regular prescribed burns. Stay clear of burn personnel and equipment. Get burn schedule at Sarasota call center: 861 5000.


Use the map link (below) to download the current trail map but be advised that trail conditions change daily with rains, hog rooting, wild and controlled fires, timber thinning, water facility construction, and powerline maintenance.


Problem Areas and Changes

Rocky Ford Trail. Use the cutover at 54 through the Homestead Campsite at 55 to access Rocky Ford.  Trail may be flooded seasonally west of new pumping station between 12 and 53. 57 to 56 is no longer mowed or maintained.

Vicker’s Head Trail is frequently wet or flooded in places north from 19.

Light Blue cutover trail from red to power line is mowed but often wet. 

Tiger Marsh area and east of Blackmon’s Camp is seasonally wet in the NE quadrant of the Reserve and may not have been mowed due to water on trail.  

South Power line east of Mabry Carlton Parkway and Well Field Loop Road are in good condition.

Stockade Trail from 13 to 15 is mostly grassy but may be seasonally sandy or muddy. Stream crossings north of #8 and #9.

Turpentine Trail, north from 20, is raised for the first mile. Seasonally wet areas between 20A and 27.

Self-guiding trails are seasonally flooded.

South Border Trail between T. Mabry Carlton Parkway, Deer Prairie Slough and 67-- frequent hog damage and may be seasonally flooded or muddy.  


The SWFWMD recreational map is available free. It covers Deer Prairie and other SWFWMD lands. Order from their web site.  SWFWMD (Click on Recreation)

There are signs (placed by Eagle Scouts) on named trails to aide the public in navigating the Reserve. 


Brochure with trail map is available in cabin or visitor kiosks.

Photograph kiosk map with cellphone OR download maps above.

Suggestions for loop hikes--see downloads below: MUST BE USED WITH CURRENT TRAIL MAP FROM KIOSK


Prescribed Burn Zone Map:   Click to view    

SWFWMD The SWFWMD recreational map is available free. Order from their web site. 

Florida Trails from Florida Trails Association

Florida Trails Network  Interactive Trails Database for State of Florida with map viewer


Favorite Backcountry Hikes 11:15:14.pdf
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Intermediate 1 Turpentine 11:15:2014.pdf
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Intermediate 2 River:Wild Turkey 11:15:2
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Intermediate 3 Victory Garden 11:15:2014
Adobe Acrobat Document 270.9 KB
Long Hike 1 Rocky Ford 11:15:2014.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 266.6 KB
Long Hike 2 MRSP 11:15:2014.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 319.8 KB
Long Hike 3 Doe Hammock 11:15:2014.pdf
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Information & Website

 Park Naturalist:

Debbie Blanco




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Sarasota County

Field Guide

to Conservation Lands

(download 64pp. PDF)

Field Guide.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.8 MB

Counter set 03/24/2015

Friends of the Carlton

is a chapter of  FOSCP   

not for profit corp.