Accessible Adventures at Oscar Sherer State Park


Words and photos by George McKenzie Jr, Live Wildly Adventurist

Accessibility Features at Oscar Scherer State Park

Oscar Scherer State Park offers a wide range of accessibility features, including accessible campsites, the Lester Finley Barrier Free Trail, and the scenic Lake Osprey Trail. Visitors can enjoy an accessible fishing dock, canoe/kayak launch, and lake beach access, as well as a nature center with videos featuring closed/open captions. The park also provides picnic pavilions and benches, grills, a playground, fire rings, tram tours, and listening devices to ensure an inclusive and enjoyable experience for all.

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Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229


The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset.


  • Entrance Fee: $5 per vehicle (limit 2-8 people per vehicle)
  • Single Occupant Vehicle: $4
  • Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Extra Passengers: $2 each

Accessible Adventures

I began my journey at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota under the calm gaze of the moonlight, its silver glow spilling softly through the silhouette of the pines. The air was cool and crisp, carrying the earthy scent of the forest. With my FJ packed and my heart brimming with curiosity, the open road called to me, marking the start of over 900 miles of solitude, exploration, and intimate encounters with nature.

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This expedition to explore accessible adventures in the Florida State Parks began with setting up camp at a primitive site nestled under a vast, star-speckled sky. The only sounds were the rustle of leaves and distant night creatures harmonizing with my thoughts. This night was more than just a pause; it was a profound connection with the wilderness, a reminder of nature’s vastness and my place within it.

As dawn broke, I stirred from the comfort of my tent, the air fresh with the scent of dew and earth. Breakfast was a simple affair, enjoyed with a view of the sunrise filtering through the dense foliage. With no friends in tow, each decision was deeply personal and reflective, from the path taken to the pace set.

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The park’s well-maintained accessible trails beckoned. These paths welcomed me like open arms and allowed for a smooth, unhindered passage, ensuring no natural beauty was beyond reach. The morning’s tranquility was a perfect backdrop as I navigated through the verdant scenery, feeling a sense of liberation and independence that only the great outdoors can provide.

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Midday was spent beside a tranquil lake, where I set up by the accessible fishing pier. There was time for deep reflection in the gentle lull of the water’s lap against the shore. The accessible amenities, like the fishing pier, transformed this solo expedition from a mere adventure into a testament to inclusivity and independence. Fishing, a quiet yet profound activity, provided a serene interlude to my journey, filling the air with a sense of calm and peace.

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As the sun began to set, casting long shadows on the road, I felt a profound sense of accomplishment. This trip was not just about covering miles or marking destinations off a list. It was about pushing boundaries, breaking barriers, and demonstrating how the spirit of adventure thrives, supported by thoughtful accessibility that opens up worlds within the wild. It was a journey that inspired and motivated me, and I hope it will inspire others to embark on their own accessible expeditions.

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This story isn’t just a recount of a journey; it’s an ode to the inclusive possibilities that allow everyone to forge a deep, personal bond with the great outdoors. Through accessible trails, the fishing pier, the tram, and the sturdy wheelchair, I not only embraced the wilderness but also underscored the essential narrative of accessibility: that the beauty of nature knows no bounds and is genuinely for all to enjoy. Oscar Scherer State Park, with its accessible amenities, stood as a testament to this inclusive philosophy, marking the perfect start to my epic 900+ mile expedition.