The crowning glory at Sarasota’s Myakka River State Park is the subtropical treetop trail, with its 100-foot-long suspension bridge, swaying at 25 feet above the ground and spanning the park’s oak and palm hammock. Known as the Myakka Canopy Walkway, this is a high-in-the-sky outpost that lets you experience flora not found on the forest floor (ferns, air plants and orchids), as well as treetop inhabitants, including lizards and insects.
Seize the moment and climb the 74-foot observation tower for a bird’s-eye view. Scan the panorama, keeping your eyes peeled for soaring hawks and eagles as you appreciate Myakka from above.
You can also explore the wild Myakka River coursing through 57 square miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands. Glimpse alligators and wading shorebirds as you canoe, hike, cycle or ride horseback amid a landscape that features grassy marshes, shady hammocks and the Upper Myakka Lakeshore. myakkariver.org