Venetian Waterway Park Trail, Venice – Sarasota County, Florida
Before You Go:
There isn’t a lot of shade along this trail so, if biking during the heat of the day, sunglasses and sunscreen should be used.
If you choose to spend any length of time at Caspersen Beach, remember to bring along a bicycle chain and a beach towel! 🙂
From either north or south on Interstate 75, take Exit 193, Jacaranda Boulevard south to Venice Avenue. Head west on Venice Avenue and exit before the Venice Avenue Bridge. You will see the Venice Train Depot on your right. Park in any designated spot. Alternatively, you can take U.S. Highway 41 either north of south to Venice and head west on Venice Avenue for a short distance. Exiting before the Venice Avenue Bridge.
The trail length is approximately 22 miles more or less. There are some side trips you can take that will extend the distance traveled.
The trailbed itself is in fairly good shape. The trail is fairly level and flat. For those who do not like bridge crossings, simply riding along the east side of the trail can be sufficient if you add in the Legacy Trail (which is the northern end of the trail just north of the Venice Train Depot).
There are facilities at the Venice Train Depot trailhead.
Facilities can be found at the Shamrock Nature Center.
There are facilities at Caspersen Beach Park.
Other than the lack of shade, there are really no cons along this trail.
The intercoastal waterway.
Caspersen Beach Park along the Gulf of Mexico.
The various art projects along the length of the trail.