Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail

Beginning at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, extending around the Florida peninsula and Keys, and ending at Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border, the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail is a 1,515-mile sea kayaking paradise.

photo: Landing on Rabbit Key, Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Length: 1500.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Water Trail
Allowed Uses: Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: From Pensacola, around the Florida peninsula, to the Georgia border, the entire coast of Florida, Pensacola to Georgia border.
State(s): Florida
Counties: All Forida coastal Counties
Longitude: -87.422
Latitude: 30.31163

Driving Directions

More than 500 access points along Florida's entire coast

Description

Beginning at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, extending around the Florida peninsula and Keys, and ending at Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border, the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (commonly referred to as The CT) is a 1,515-mile sea kayaking paradise. The trail includes every Florida coastal habitat type, from barrier island dune systems to salt marsh to mangroves. Numerous historical sites and points of interest are accessible by kayak along with colorful fishing communities and urban centers.

The Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail has been divided into 26 segments. Each segment is unique, ranging from the remote Big Bend Coast and Everglades/Florida Bay wilderness, to the more urbanized coastlines of Pinellas County and Fort Lauderdale. Once complete, the trail will likely be utilized by thousands of Florida residents and visitors alike who will paddle the trail for a few hours, days, weeks or months. Some hardy souls will want to paddle the entire trail, or complete the trail in segments over several years, similar to how hikers often tackle the Appalachian Trail.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Water, still
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2007

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Long distance paddler information
Document: complete trail data book
Document: Trip tips and safety information
Document: recommended gear and safety equipment for long dis
Website: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Liz Sparks
Paddling Trails Coordinator
Florida D.E.P, Office of Greenways & Trails
3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 795
Tallahassee , FL 32399 -3000
(850) 245-2079
liz.sparks@dep.state.fl.us
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/paddling/saltwater.htm

 

Photos

 Photo by Doug Alderson.

Photo by Doug Alderson.

 Photo by Doug Alderson.

Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Paddling the Seven Mile Bridge. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Paddling the Seven Mile Bridge. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Paddling into Ochlockonee Bay. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Paddling into Ochlockonee Bay. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Sailing Kayaks in the Florida Keys. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Sailing Kayaks in the Florida Keys. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Sunrise paddlers at Ochlockonee River State Park. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Sunrise paddlers at Ochlockonee River State Park. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Chaires Creek campsite in Bald Point State Park. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Chaires Creek campsite in Bald Point State Park. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Paddlers in the Big Bend. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Paddlers in the Big Bend. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Sunrise and kayaks on Segment 5. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Sunrise and kayaks on Segment 5. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Bahama Starfish in the Molasses Keys. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Bahama Starfish in the Molasses Keys. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Kayaks on Snake Key. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Kayaks on Snake Key. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Sea grapes and fence at Blowing Rocks Preserve. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Sea grapes and fence at Blowing Rocks Preserve. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Kayaks along Ochlockonee Bay. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Kayaks along Ochlockonee Bay. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Landing on Rabbit Key, Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Landing on Rabbit Key, Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Cedar Key stilt house. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Cedar Key stilt house. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Bow view at Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Bow view at Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Moonrise over kayaks. Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Moonrise over kayaks. Ten Thousand Islands. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Paddling up Kitching Creek. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Paddling up Kitching Creek. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Steve Kingery scoping out the route. Nature Coast. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Steve Kingery scoping out the route. Nature Coast. Photo by Doug Alderson.

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