You can now ride on the Legacy Trail from the Venice Trail Depot all the way to Bahia Vista in Sarasota. With the opening of the two new segments, we now have a continuous 19.6-mile trail extending from Shamrock Park in the south to Bahia Vista Street in the north. The southern portion includes 3.9 miles of the mainland side of the Venetian Waterway Park. The last segment of the extension is now expected to open in late January. This section will extend the trail another 2.8 miles to Payne Park and Fruitville Road.
The South Powerline Trail has been upgraded and is open for recreational use. The surface is hard packed gravel. It is recommended that your bicycle has 1.5" wide tires. Suspension is not necessary but it does make for a smoother ride. Be prepared because you are on your own out there. Take your phone, water, a snack and be prepared to fix a flat if necessary. The surface is very forgiving and flats are rare but it can be a long walk back to the parking area. The current road connection to the Legacy Trail (shown in purple) is paved and open to the "rock pile" Route 2 indicated by the yellow dots is 3.5 miles of hard packed gravel to a low water crossing and then beyond to to US41.