Oscar Scherer State Park

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Park Rule: On Leash
Restroom: Yes
Park Size: Large
Small Dog Area: No
Fee: $9.00
Description

Oscar Scherer State Park is a massive, 1600 combination of wetlands and hillside forests. The park is well known for its abundance of hiking trails, cycling opportunities, and alligator populations. Due to recent storm activity, certain portions of the park may be closed upon arrival. Make sure to visit the Oscar Scherer State Park website for up to date information regarding closures.

Thirteen miles of total trail is free to explore here. These paths are almost all at least an intermediate challenge, so make sure you wear appropriate hiking attire like sturdy boots and dependable, waterproof clothing in case the weather shifts. Park officals always suggest heading out with a fully charged cell phone as well, on the off chance there's an emergency. 

The park suggests trying Scherer River Trail if you're not looking to work up a sweat, as it's the only flat and paved trail located here. Oscar Scherer State Park is mostly forested wetlands, which means the accessibility of these hillsides varies depending on the season. Because of this, it's always smart to check at the park's main offices before setting out on an excursion. 

If you decide you want your canine to come along for the ride, make sure they're on a leash throughout your visit. Also, try and clean up and debris that your canine companion could leave on the ground. The park's massive Lake Osprey offers great swimming throughout the summertime in its pristine freshwater. Lifeguards are regularly staffed here, which means its a perfect place to come with little ones and let them splash around free of concern. 

Public showers are located at the Oscar Scherer State Park as well so that guests can leave feeling as fresh as they did upon entry. If you're taking a dog along for a beach day or just a day at the park, they can hang out on the sand but must stay clear of the swimming area. In addition, canines are barred from any indoor beach structures within the park.

Address
1843 Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 8:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 8:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 8:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 8:00 AM - Sunset
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Address
1843 Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 8:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 8:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 8:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 8:00 AM - Sunset