Oscar Scherer State Park Trails0
Looking for a Florida Trail that your family can safely bike or hike on? The Oscar Scherer State Park Trails in Osprey Florida have everything you need for a great day of adventure!
Explore six scenic trails that meander throughout a scenic nature preserve and park with two lakes and a large creek that are a favorite for swimming, kayaking and canoeing year ’round. Campgrounds are available for those that want to stay awhile. And, the park is pet-friendly too!
The Oscar Scherer State Park was voted “America’s Best” State Park and two time National Gold Medal Winner!
Oscar Scherer State Park has over 15 miles of Florida trails for you to enjoy.
The trails range in length from one-half of a mile to five miles. All of the hiking and biking trails are marked and easy to follow. Maps of all of the trails are available in the Nature Center or click the printer-friendly link below.
The Blue Trail is a 1 1/2 mile hike through Florida Scrub-Jay habitat. It passes through mesic pine flatwoods and scrubby flatwoods. It begins at the same trailhead as the Red Trail and then follows the fence line north along a housing development. It later joins the Yellow Trail parallel to the Rails-to-Trails before returning to the starting point. Much of the Trail can be sandy in dry weather and provides little shade during the hike. Biking is allowed but can be difficult in spots. (mountain bikes can easily handle this trail)
The Yellow Trail takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete. It is 5 miles of mainly level and sandy trails. It passes the Mary Thaxton memorial and explores this remote part of the Oscar Scherer Park. it passes through mesic pine flatwoods, prairie hammocks, and scrubby flatwoods. Shorter hikes of 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 miles can be taken by following the shortcut indicated on the trail map. Many service roads intersect the trail allowing for other self-constructed routes. Benches are located along the trail. Biking is allowed but can be difficult in the soft sand. (unless you have a bicycle suitable for mountain bike trails)
The Red Trail can be either a 1 1/2 mile or 2 mile hike that explores the northwestern portion of the Oscar Scherer Park. It begins at the same trailhead as the Blue Trail and later splits off following the boundary of the Park along a housing development to the western boundary. Biking can be difficult in spots.
The Green Trail begins behind the Nature Center. It can be either a 2 or a 3 mile hike by following the marked trails but several well marked service roads allow many self-determined routes through scrubby flatwoods and mesic pine flatwoods. It crosses South Creek over the bridge leading to the Campground. After passing by a few campsites it enters Floriday Scrub-Jay habitat. The hike passes through sections of past controlled burns which are now restoring themselves to scrubby flatwoods. There is very litter tree canopy cover in this area of the park. The trail follows the boundary with a housing development which borders the park on the south. It is the best biking trail in the Oscar Scherer State Park.
South Creek Nature Trail
The South Creek Nature Trail is a 1/2 mile, one way trail, that can be started at either the picnic area across from the Nature Center or at the South Creek Parking lot. It follows South Creek and crosses the road leading into the Campground. Several markers along the trail point out aspects of the natural environment. An extensive tree canopy provides shade during the mid-day heat. It can be combined with the Lester Finley Trail for an easy hike of 1 1/2 miles. Foot traffic only is permitted on this trail.
Lester Finley Trail
The Lester Finley Trail meanders through a hardwood hammock along a tidal reach of South Creek, a blackwater stream that eventually empties into Dryman Bay. This is a “barrier-free” trail offering superb hiking opportunities for those with disabilities. Round trip distance is about a 1/2 mile and takes about 20 minutes. There is an extensive tree canopy offering shade during the heat of mid-day. There is a handicapped equipped fishing pier, two butterfly gardens, several benches, two picnic tables, and a water fountain along the trail. Additionally, there are 5 audio boxes along the trail that explain various aspects of the different habitats. Foot traffic only is permitted on this trail.