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Myakka River State Park is one of the oldest, biggest, and best state parks in Florida, making it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the state's southwest. Located less than 20 miles southeast of Sarasota, the park encompasses 58 square miles encompassing the beautiful Myakka River.

Spend a few days in Myakka River State Park and you can explore pristine wetlands and prairies, kayak and fish in the river's clear waters, hike mile after mile of trails through the wilderness, and enjoy the serenity that only a camping vacation can provide.

If you want to explore Myakka River State Park in a motorhome, search for an RV in Manatee County, book a site in one of the park's three campgrounds, and read on to find out how to plan the perfect camping getaway.

Getting Outdoors

The Myakka River is the main attraction, so no visit to this wonderful state park would be complete without getting out on the water. Some 14 miles of this 66-mile river flow through the park, and the best way to experience it is under your own steam. A canoe/kayak launch is found one mile into the park past the S.R. 72 entrance, and paddling is a great way to explore the surrounding wetlands, pinelands, hammocks, and more.

Paddling is also permitted on the scenic waters of Upper Myakka Lake, while a boat ramp is provided near the park's concession area. If you want to wet a line, the park's waters are home to bluegill, panfish, and many other species. Just make sure you have a Florida Freswhater Fishing License before you try to catch a big one.

When you've had your fill of water-based activities, lace on your hiking boots and get ready to do some exploring on foot. The 39-mile Myakka Trail loops its way around the park, but backcountry roads cross the trail at various points and allow you to shorten its length to suit your level of fitness.

Hikers can wander through palm hammocks, dry prairies, and a diverse array of natural scenery, plus you might also catch a glimpse of a bobcat, an alligator, and any number of bird species. Just make sure you know where you're going and have plenty of water, and remember that hiking in summer can be particularly hot and dangerous.

Camping at Myakka River State Park

If you want to camp with an RV in Myakka River State Park, there are three campgrounds and a total of 90 campsites to choose from. Though there are a small handful of tent-only sites, most can accommodate RVs. The campgrounds are:

  • Old Prairie. Accessed via the S.R. 72 park entrance and located near the Myakka River, the Old Prairie Campground offers dirt-based sites with easy access to restrooms and hot showers. Laundry facilities are available and a dump station is nearby, while all sites feature 50-amp electricity service, water, a fire ring, and a picnic table.
  • Big Flats. Big Flats Campground sits near the Upper Myakka Lake and is a popular spot for anyone who loves fishing. Sites here have 50-amp electricity service, water, a fire ring, and a picnic table, while wi-fi is also provided. All sites are dirt-based and provide easy access to restrooms and hot showers.
  • Palmetto Ridge. Palmetto Ridge Campground can be reached via the S.R. 72 park entrance and offers full hookup sites. Laundry facilities are also available, and most sites are gravel-based (except for four paved sites which are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities).

Leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome at all campsites.

Exploring the Area

When you're ready to bid farewell to Myakka River State Park, why not steer your rental RV to some of the region's other must-visit locations?

You're spoiled for choice in terms of natural scenery and attractions in this part of Florida, with destinations like Warm Mineral Springs Park, Stump Pass Beach State Park, and Oscar Scherer State Park all just a short drive away. The thick forests and rare wildlife of Highlands Hammock State Park is also a little over an hour to the northeast.

And if you'd prefer to head for the creature comforts of civlization, the Gulf Coast city of Sarasota and nearby Bradenton are both within easy reach.

If you're ready to explore this beautiful corner of southwestern Florida, book an RV near Myakka River State Park and start planning an outdoor adventure you'll never forget.

RV Rentals in Myakka River State Park, FL

Myakka River State Park, FL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Myakka River State Park. Outdoorsy's Myakka River State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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