Friday, June 23

Friday Finds: Myakka River State Park!

Today's state park "find" is the Myakka River State Park, which is near Sarasota, Florida.
"Myakka" is what the Seminole called the river, which means "unknown."  The region around the river is what is called "a dry prairie," which is flat, open expanses of low shrubs and grasses as well as wet-lands.  Perfect for cattle, so it was used for grazing from the 1850's into the 1930's. (Florida was and is still a beef state, if you didn't know with 15,000 beef producers today.)
The land was purchased in 1910 by a business woman named Bertha Palmer, who died in 1918.
 In the 1930's, during the Great Depression, over 17,000 acres was of the Palmer estate was purchased by the government to develop the Myakka River State Park as part of the Civilian Conversaton Corps program, instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt, that provided gainful employment for millions of young men.  
Myakka is one of 8 Florida State Parks developed by the CCC.
The Park was formally dedicated in 1941 and opened to the public.
The visitor center, two picnic pavilions, various roads and 5 rental log cabins built by the CCC are still in use today.
It's among Florida's oldest state parks!

A view of Myakka River

Park Features:
Camping
90 camp sites available with electrical service, a fire ring & picnic tables. Camps sites on Palmetto ridge have sewer hook-ups.

Cabins:
Log cabins have modern facilities including bath with a shower, a fully equipped kitchen, a large common room that sleeps six, a porch & a fireplace. Linens, coffer maker & microwave are provided!
A two-day rental is required over weekends and NO PETS are allowed inside the cabins.

Boat Tours:
Take a scenic cruise of upper Myakka Lake on one of two air boats!
The "Gator Gal" Air Boat

The Pink Cafe:
Enjoy a view of Upper Myakka Lake over lunch or dessert at this park concession cafe famous for it's Alligator Stew!

Hiking:
Myaaka has 39 miles of looped nature trails for your walking pleasure!

Interpretive Exhibit:
The Myaaka Canopy Walkway. It was designed as a laboratory for outdoor research and allows observation of life in the tree tops.
It's 25 feet high and 100 free long. There's also a 74 foot tower that will let you have a wide view of the park lands & bird life!
Bring a camera!

Myaaka Canopy Walkway

View of Park from the Tower.

Visitor Center
Originally built by the CCC during the Depression, make it your first stop for facts & information about the Park!

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If you want to know more, be sure to check this park link for more information on cabin rentals, park fees or rules at
  Myakka River State Park!

(all photos from park site)

1 comment:

Mary Norton said...

Looks like a place to explore when we're in Florida.

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