Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System

Eleven trails totaling about 100 miles in distance range from short, easy trips meandering through mysterious tupelo swamps to a variety of multi-day river trips flowing into open bays embracing the Gulf of Mexico.

photo: Paddling past golden Cypress on Graham Creek. Photo by Doug Alderson. Type: Water Trail
Length: 100.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Camping
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Apalachicola, Florida, Water trails northeast of Apalachicola in creeks and bayous off East Bay.

States: Florida
Counties: Franklin
Latitude: 29.8173   Longitude: -84.98731

Water trails NE of Apalachicola in creeks and bayous off East Bay

Description

Excellent opportunities for canoeing and kayaking entice paddlers with all levels of ability to enjoy a variety of scenic waterways along the lower estuary of the Apalachicola River. Eleven trails totaling about 100 miles in distance range from short, easy trips meandering through mysterious tupelo swamps to a variety of multi-day river trips flowing into open bays embracing the Gulf of Mexico. Primitive camping is allowed throughout the management area with no fees or permits required. Secure bike racks are located at three of the boat launch areas to help paddlers complete shuttle segments by off-road bike, providing more fitness options and conserving resources.

The best times to paddle are fall and spring when temperatures are pleasant, wildflowers are blooming, and birding opportunities are at their peak. Fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities abound throughout the estuary year-round. This area is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and its outstanding diverse wildlife habitats support significant populations of both rare and common wildlife. Paddler magazine and the American Canoe Association named this trail system one of the top twelve recommended paddling destinations for 2006. For a free map call 850-488-5520 or visit our website for downloadable pdfs of the trails: http://myfwc.com/recreation/apalachicola_river/paddling.asp

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Puncheon
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2008

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System

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:
Jerrie Lindsey
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 S. Meridian St. MC 5B4
Tallahassee , FL 32309
(850) 922-6160
Jerrie.Lindsey@myfwc.com
http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/wmas/lead/apalachicola-river/recreation

 

Photos

Paddling past golden Cypress on Graham Creek. Photo by Doug Alderson.

Paddling past golden Cypress on Graham Creek. Photo by Doug Alderson.

 

Paddlers in Tupelo Swamp.

Paddlers in Tupelo Swamp.

Fall Cypress along Whiskey George.

Fall Cypress along Whiskey George.

 

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