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Big Bend - Saltwater Paddling Trail

Big Bend Paddlers

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 Suwanee River is managed by the FWC.  The 55-mile segment from the town of Suwanee to Yankeetown offers the Shell Mound County Park, managed by Levy County, and three primitive campsites in the Waccasassa Preserve managed managed by the Florida Park Service.

Big Bend Guide

A 50-page guide includes detailed maps and descriptions of the rich natural and cultural history of this region. Designated primitive campsites between Aucilla River and Suwanee exclusively for trail users are spaced 10 to 14 miles apart and require permits.  No permits are required to camp at designated sites between Suwannee to Yankeetown. 

To continue your journey through the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and on to Yankeetown, visit the U. S. Fish and Wildlife's Lower Suwannee website. and the Circumnavigational Trail website.

 

For information on shuttles, lodging, restaurants and other opportunities in the communities along the entire Big Bend Trail, visit our tourist development organization partner, Natural North Florida.

 

To experience and learn more about ALL the paddling opportunities in this region, be sure to attend the next Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure

 

Additional Resources

Contact

Mailing Address:
Wildlife Foundation of Florida
Big Bend Paddling Trail
P.O. Box 6181
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6181

Phone number:
(352) 620-7723

FAQs:
The  Frequently Asked Questions web page is an excellent resource for trail information. If you have a question, please check there first.