Oscar Scherer State Park
Nature Center Will Be Open Daily
The nature center will be open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
No Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Canoe and kayak rentals will not be available at this time. We will not be offering the guided paddle on Wednesdays. Please check back later.
Prescribed Fire - Portions of Orange Trail & Yellow Trail Closures
Wednesday June 7, 2023: Oscar Scherer State Park will conduct a prescribed fire in the southeast portion of the park that will result in the closure of a section of the Orange Trail and portions of the Yellow Trail east of the Legacy Trail. Oscar Scherer's Big Lake on the Yellow Trial will also be closed. Trails will be temporarily closed in order to keep visitors and fire crew safe during fire activity and allow crews to patrol areas. Once the area is safe, the trails will be reopened for visitor use.
Trail closure takes effect immediately. Smoke may impact sections of the park, mainly east of the Legacy Trail. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deanna 781-910-1576 or the ranger station at 941-483-5956.
8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year
$5 per vehicle
Welcome to Oscar Scherer State Park
Surrounded by urban areas, Oscar Scherer is an unexpected oasis providing visitors with a refreshing escape into natural Florida.
A hidden gem surrounded by housing developments and major highways, Oscar Scherer plays an invaluable role in the preservation of Florida scrub-jay habitat. Bald eagles nest here in the winter, and in the summer, Lake Osprey attracts anglers and swimmers.
South Creek attracts anglers, canoers and kayakers.
With 15 miles of trails, this park provides solitude, beauty, challenge and a healthy adventure for everyone. Oscar Sherer is a popular stopover for bicyclists and walkers on the Legacy Trail, making this an important place for the surrounding community and a worthwhile stop for travelers.
Plan Your Visit
Canoeing and Kayaking
Best of Both Worlds
Guided Paddle Along South Creek
Explore the Nature Center
Oscar Scherer State Park Photo Gallery
Big Lake Restoration Project
Come and get a little spooky with the Haunted Trails during the month of October.
Help support the endangered Florida Scrub Jay and participate in the 5-k run.