Manager's Message

Park Manager Matt Kruse

Matt Kruse, Park Manager

Get outside and discover Oscar Scherer State Park. With almost 1400 acres of wilderness to explore, the park offers endless recreational opportunities for visitors. Just minutes from Sarasota, you will be able to escape the city and step into a wilderness full of plant and animal wildlife. 

A variety of recreational activities are available to visitors and are sure to stir your interest for the area’s rich history and diverse environment. Camping is one of the more popular activities, although swimming, canoeing, fishing, hiking and access to bicycle trails, including the Legacy Trail, are also available.

Many visitors find that wildlife viewing is an excellent way to spend the day at Oscar Scherer State Park. With the park's large area of scrubby flatwoods, it is one of the best places in the southwest to view Florida scrub jays. Park visitors can also view gopher tortoises, deer, bald eagles and many other animals that call Oscar Scherer State Park home.

Oscar Scherer State Park will be resuming its interpretive programs soon. Please check out our program and event calendar online or ask at the ranger station for program availability.