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Oscar Scherer State Park

321 Shore St, Osprey, Florida 34229 USA

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“one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays”

A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes this park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida. The park protects scrubby and pine flatwoods that were once widespread throughout Sarasota County. Fifteen miles of trails through these beautiful natural areas provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and wildlife viewing. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along South Creek, a blackwater stream that flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Canoe and kayak rentals are available, but motorized boats are not permitted in the park boundaries. Freshwater and saltwater fishing are available along the creek. Anglers can fish along the shores of Lake Osprey, which is also the park´s swimming destination. Picnic areas along South Creek are equipped with grills; pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has full-facility campsites and a youth/group campground. The park nature center has exhibits and videos about the park´s natural communities. Located on U.S. 41, two miles south of Osprey.

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

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June 11, 2016
Rated 5.0

Great little State Park for a hike - has about 5 trails each between 1-5 miles.

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Reviewed by
Keith Clark

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November 19, 2015

Not my favorite park. Cannot have dogs due to Alligators wanting to snack on them. Bathrooms do need some tlc.

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phowe

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October 10, 2015
Rated 4.0

Nice place to kayak. The restrooms are old but clean. Hot shower poor. Campsite good

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Oscar Scherer State Park

321 Shore St
Osprey, Florida
34229 USA

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