Big Bend - Saltwater Paddling Trail

Dallus Creek
David Moynahan

Sea kayakers have long known of the multi-day expedition possibilities along Florida’s Big Bend Gulf Coast. This remote 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 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 fish, sea turtles and small rays in lush meadows of sea grass.

The Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail spans much of the Big Bend from the Aucilla River to Yankeetown. The northern 105-mile segment from the Aucilla to the Suwannee River is managed by FWC.

Big Bend Guide

A 40-page guide to the northern segment includes detailed maps and descriptions of the rich natural and cultural history of this region. Designated primitive campsites exclusively for trail users are spaced 10 to 14 miles apart and require permits.

Continuing South

To continue your journey through the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and on to Yankeetown visit this website: 

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Lower_Suwannee/ 

For information on shuttles, lodging, restaurants, and other opportunities in the communities along the entire Big Bend Trail visit our tourist development organization partners:

http://hiddencoastflorida.com/

http://www.purewaterwilderness.com/



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