Jelks Preserve, Venice

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  • A fantastic place to either take a mild hike and enjoy the wildlife (wild hogs/turtules/rabbits/owls/pheasants etc)...also one of the best places if you run off road obstacle races to do your training...  more »
  • The park is located near the myakka river. It's your typical Florida trail. We're not known for our hiking. I did not see any wildlife except for birds. I did not bring my dog. There was sand spur rem...  more »
  • We stopped off for a hike with friends who lived near by in a gated community called Stoney Brook of Venice. Our friends whom we were visiting asked if we'd like to go on a short hike behind the back ...  more »
  • Beautiful, peaceful place for an easy hike. Nothing too exciting to see, but you're walking through a wonderful sub-tropical jungle. It's March now and wild Iris are beginning to bloom. The longest loop is just under 5 miles but there are multiple cut throughs to shorten the walk if you prefer. Trails are mowed for easy walking most of the time. Bring water, there's none at the trail. Depending on the time if year, you may not be able to hike the entire loop. A few areas regularly flood in the most distant third of the loop.
  • It's a beautiful park like parks should be... Nothing but woods... Good big map... nice river views... And a big difference in the types of landscapes from this area!
  • Great trail, must do it in spring though there will be a lot of water to walk through in summer.
  • You can walk down to the Mayakka's quiet, but there's not much to see there.
  • Went hiking there today with my wife. We walked 2 miles and observed armadillos, tortoises, wild pigs and in the past we have seen deer there. It was dry there today. During the raining season it can be pretty wet. But today was perfect!
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