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New Year’s Day Night Hike – Myakka River State Park

January 1 @ 4:00 pm


There’s no better way to start 2020 than a hike in a park! Join us on a first night hike of the year in Myakka River State Park! The weather will be perfect while we hike 5 miles through the wilderness. It’s the perfect way to start the New Year!

This 5-mile loop hike will take you through several of Florida’s diverse ecosystems such as pine flat woods, prairies and hardwood hammocks. The sun will be setting, so we will be looking and listening for the marvelous sights and sounds of dusk in the woods! Birds returning home to roost, crickets and frogs croaking and chirping, mystery animals calling in the distance. This will be a hike for all the senses, not just sight, so we will walk quietly. We will take a leisurely pace but avoid stopping so that the mosquitoes remain a minor nuisance. This is a back-country trail that has some uneven terrain and narrow paths.

**Park admission is not included in the guided hike fee. The park entrance fees are as follows: $4 per car with a single occupant or $6 per car with 2 – 8 occupants. Carpooling or use of State Park Annual Passes is encouraged!**

You must sign up for this event in advance and bring the ticket that is emailed upon registration. The group will be meeting at the picnic area just past the ranger station to the right.

Myakka River State Park is located 9 miles East of I-75 on SR 72 (exit 205), park entrance is on the left.

Here is a suggested list of items to bring:

Change of shoes for after the hike (in case of water on the trail)
Drinking water in reusable bottle or hydration pack
Sturdy hiking shoes, preferably hiking boots
Pocket flashlight or headlamp (kept in pocket, for emergency use only)
Walking stick or hiking poles
Bug spray recommended

Please apply bug spray before you join the group ensure to silence and put away cell phones and no flash photography.

Hike It Florida is not associated with any National, State or Public Park


January 1
4:00 pm


Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241 United States

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