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Myakka State Forest Primitive Campsites are within the Myakka State Forest (Sarasota County), about 1-hour south of Sarasota, FL. It includes 4 separate campsites including Myakka River, Flatwoods, Watering Hole and Pine Straw. These primitive campsites are scattered throughout the state forest and have no water or electric facilities. All sites are hike in and hike out only, except the River 1 site which has boat and paddle access also. Recreational activities featured include: fishing, picnicking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, paddling and hiking.
Natural Features
Myakka State Forest includes 2.5 miles of frontage on the Myakka River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Water (OFW) and a Wild and Scenic River. Myakkahatchee Creek flows through the forest for 1.5 miles providing an additional water resource. The terrestrial portion is made up primarily of mesic flatwoods with a mixture of mature longleaf pine and slash pine. Numerous depression marshes are scattered throughout the flatwoods, providing many opportunities for viewing wading birds and other wildlife. For more information about Myakka State Forest, please Click Here.
Myakka State Forest offers camping, hiking, off-road bicycling, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. There are over 40 miles of trail that are open to hiking, trail biking, and equestrian activities. The forest trails are included in the Florida Forest Service's Trailwalker Hiking Program as well as horse trails in the Trailtrotter Equestrian Program. The Myakka River passes through the forest and hiking trails provide access to riverfront camping, fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking. Come check out the recreational opportunities at Myakka State Forest; for further information, please Click Here.
Fishing is permitted to those properly licensed
Fishing is accessible by foot only (no vehicle access.).
Myakka State Forest contains over 40 miles of multi-use trails.
Recreation Guides (with trail maps) are available at the Ranger Station.
Nearby Attractions
Beaches Manasota Key 4 Beaches just off Beach Road
Siesta Key Beautiful white sand beach, voted #1in America for 2016 ! 941.861.5000
History Lemon Bay Historical Society lemonbayhistory.com 416 W Green Street, Englewood
Boca Grand Lighthouse & Museum barrieerislandparksociety.org 941.964.0060
Spanish Point historicspanishpoint.org 941-966-5214
Aquarium MoteMarine Laboratory & Aquarium mote.org 941.388.4441
Environment Cedar Point (CHEC) checflorida.org 941.475.0569
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens selby.org 941.366.5731
Englewood Drum Circle https://www.facebook.com/pages/Englewood-Beach-Drum-Circle/283518215016669
Golf Myakka Pines Golf Course MyakkaPinesGolfCourse.com 941.474.1953
Shopping Englewood Farmer's Market Thursday during season, Dearborn Street in Downtown Englewood
UTC (Mall @ University town Center) mallatutc.com 941.552.7000
Fisherman's Village fishville.com 941.639.8721
Venice Main Street venicemainstreet.com 941.484.6722
St. Armands Circle starmandscircleassoc.com/ 941.388.1554
Antiques arcadiaflantiques.com/services 863.494.2500
Visitor's Services Charlotte Harbor charlotharbortravel.com 941.743.1900
Sarasota County visitsarasota.org 941.957.1877
DeSoto County visitdesoto.com 863.491.7574
Englewood 's Cape Haze COC Englewoodchamber.com 941.474.5511
North Port Area COC NorthPortareachamber.com 941.423.5040
Siesta Key COC SiestaKeyChamber.com 941.349.3800
Venice Area COC Venicechamber.com 941.488.2236
Primitive campsites are REMOTE. Tent campers must park in designated parking lot inside camping area and walk to campsite.

Although you may collect fire wood from the ground, do not cut or damage any trees. Firewood is also for sale at Camp Host and Ranger Station.
There is public hunting each year.Check MyFWC.com for more information.
Be prepared to store your food away from forest residents (raccoons, etc)
No swimming is permitted on the forest.

Myakka State Forest Primitive Campsites camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Myakka State Forest Primitive Campsites campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Myakka State Forest Primitive Campsites or day pass availability.