Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey was voted America’s Best Florida State Park, not once, but twice.
If you’re looking for an adventure or just a place to recharge your batteries we’ve got it all.
Come out and hike one of our 15 miles of trails, take a leisurely paddle down South Creek or cool off with a swim in Lake Osprey.
A large acreage of scrubby flatwoods makes Oscar Scherer park one of the best places to see Florida scrub-jays, a threatened species found only in Florida.
The park also 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.
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 Oscar Scherer Park Nature Center has exhibits and videos about the park´s natural communities.
Oscar Scherer State Park is located on U.S. 41, two miles south of Osprey.
Address: 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, Florida 34229 Phone: (941) 483-5956
Directions: Oscar Scherer State Park is located on U.S.41, six miles south of Sarasota. Heading south on I-75 take exit 200. Heading north on I-75 take exit 195.
Admission Fee: $5.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single occupant Vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. $4.00 Sunset Entrance.
Oscar Scherer Park is Pet-Friendly (though pets are restricted from some designated areas)
New Audio Tour Feature: A new Mobile Phone Audio Tour Spotlights Local Watersheds.
Easily accessed from any cell phone, the Watershed Mobile Phone Audio Tour is the first of its kind in Sarasota County.
By dialing (941) 926-6813, you can hear up to 15 different educational messages about watersheds (Oscar Scherer State Park is #9.)
While you can listen to a message from anywhere, visiting the sites listed on the menu provides an up-close and personal experience.
The mosaic of colors, the diversity of plants and animal species, these are what makes nature at the Oscar Scherer Park so spectacular, and it’s due to the use of prescribed fire; a necessary tool for land managers. You can see the many changes in the landscape after the burn season.
Ask at the Park Ranger Station about resource management activities that are in progress.
If you enjoy hard work with satisfying results, volunteer for a day, a week, or more, you can participate in natural resource management, construction, programs, and special events at Oscar Scherer State Park. Give us a call if you are interested. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Check out the program schedule on our CSO’s new website, FriendsofOscarScherer.com