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T. Mabry Carlton Reserve (Red Trail)

The T. Mabry Carlton Reserve offers over 40 square miles of hiking territory with a wide variety of habitats: pine flatwoods, seasonal wetlands, river floodplain and oak hammocks. Historical sites dot the landscape and include sites used in the turpentine and cattle industries. The Carlton may also have been home to prehistoric Indians as well as less notable characters during Prohibition. The 24,500 acres of the Reserve were purchased by special referendum for multiple uses: water resource, natural habitat and corridor for wildlife, and low impact public recreation. THIS RESERVE IS ALSO THE HOME OF A FLORIDA PANTHER AND THERE IS AT LEAST 1 EAGLES NEST. THIS IS A 3 to 4 HOUR, 6 PLUS MILE HIKE . Directions: From Sarasota take I-75 S 1. Take exit 193 for Jacaranda Blvd 2. Turn left at Jacaranda Blvd 0.9 mi 3. Turn right at Border Rd 2.3 mi 4. Turn left toward Rocky Ford Trail, park entrance is on the right - follow through to the parking area. Here is a map link you can zoom in or out on. What to Bring: 1 liters of water, sunscreen, snack, bug spray, hat, good walking shoes. Sorry dogs are not allowed by the Reserve. We will be hiking on the Red Trail which is close to 8 miles.

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  • Connie

    We had perfect weather for this 8 mile hike. Great group of people who didn't even notice I missed the turn, or was I questioning the turn. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed a little bit of what Venice, Fl has to offer.

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • Wes C

    Nice trail. Good company. Thanks, Connie. Looks like a lot more trails to see in the future.

    1 · January 19, 2014

  • Anne X.

    Great hike and perfect weather-thx Connie Our littke group did 4.3 miles

    2 · January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I'm goin to miss this one. Got other plans. Have fun!

    January 18, 2014

  • Jim S.

    I was about to join you guys for this outing until I realized it was this weekend and I'll be lost somewhere on the Peace. Stay warm and have fun. I'll be watching for your next hike!

    January 15, 2014

  • Julie N

    Just says start time of 7am but this page says 10am??

    January 14, 2014

    • Connie

      Start time is 10:00 am

      January 14, 2014

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