Put on a Sweater–and Paddle the Big Bend Saltwater Trail!

The weather’s cooling down, so it’s time to head to the coast and do some paddling.


Sea kayakers have long known of the multi-day expedition possibilities along Florida’s Big Bend Gulf Coast. The area boasts one of the longest and wildest publicly-owned coastal wetlands in the United States, and a striking array of bird and marine life. Flocks of white pelicans often zoom past in winter and great egrets dot marshy expanses, white as snowflakes. Bald eagles and ospreys entertain with their aerial maneuvers, and in the often clear waters, one can spot crabs, fishes, sea turtles, manatees, cannonball jellyfish and small sharks and rays.

A 40-page guide to the 105-mile trail includes detailed maps, and information on the rich natural and cultural history of this region.

Eight designated primitive campsites exclusively for trail users are spaced 10 to 14 miles apart and require permits.

Do you want to make your adventure longer? The Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail is part of a system of trails that make up the Florida Circumnavigational Trail.  For information on extending your journey in either direction visit this website: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/paddling/saltwater.htm

For information about other paddling opportunities along the Big Bend coastline in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge visit this website: http://www.fws.gov/lowersuwannee/paddlers.html

Campsites Map


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