p>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. http://maps.google.co... What to Bring: 1 liters of water, sunscreen, snack, bug spray, hat, good walking shoes. Sorry dogs are not allowed by the Reserve. Trip is close to 8 miles.