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One of the oldest and largest state parks Myakka protects one of the states most diverse natural areas. The Myakka River designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River flows through 58 square miles of wetlands prairies hammocks and pinelands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. The parks river and two lakes provide ample opportunities for boating freshwater fishing canoeing and kayaking a boat ramp provides access to Upper Myakka Lake. Hikers can explore trails that cross large expanses of rare Florida dry prairie. Scenic lake tours are offered daily on the worlds two largest airboats. Safari tram tours of the parks backcountry are offered from midDecember through May. Fullfacility campgrounds and primitive campsites are available. Five palm log cabins built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps have been modernized for comfortable lodging. Located nine miles east of Sarasota on State Road 72.

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