Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail - Segment 5
St George Island State Park, East Gulf Beach Drive, Saint George Island, FL, USA
From traditional fishing communities to wild stretches of shoreline, tidal creeks and rivers, this segment is one where paddlers can steep themselves in “Old Florida.” This is also the only segment where paddlers can follow two scenic rivers for a significant distance: the Crooked and Ochlockonee rivers. The Crooked River is the only area along the trail where paddlers have a good chance of spotting a Florida black bear. Several hundred black bears roam the Tate’s Hell/Apalachicola National Forest area, one of six major black bear havens in the state. Florida black bears are protected under Florida law. Keep food and garbage tightly packed and hanging in a bag from a tree branch at least ten feet off the ground.
The following map and trail guide are provided courtesy of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trail
OUTFITTERS AND SHUTTLE SERVICE
Suwannee Guides and Outfitters http://www.suwanneeguides.com
St. Marks Outfitters http://www.stmarksoutfitters.com
The Wilderness Way http://www.thewildernessway.net
DISCLAIMER: The Original Florida Tourism Task Force (dba Visit Natural North Florida) and the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council do not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of this map and paddle guide or the safety of this trail for use by paddlers. Paddler should use this trail only if they have the adequate skill level and equipment, and paddlers must make that determination. Paddlers should also check weather forecasts and water levels in advance to avoid unnecessary danger. The Original Florida Tourism Task Force, the local governments in which these bicycle routes are located and the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council are not responsible for any damages whatsoever from its use.
NOTE: The video below references the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail. The video is equally applicable to Segment 5 of the Florida Circmumnavigational Paddling Trail as the Big Bend Trail covers virtually the same area.