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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 Suwannee River is managed by the 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.

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.


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


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

Phone number:
(352) 620-7723

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