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Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System

Location Apalachicola, Florida, Water trails northeast of Apalachicola in creeks and bayous off East Bay.
State(s) Florida
Counties Franklin
Type Water Trail
Length 100.00 Miles / 160.93 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency State
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No





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:


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Open 24 Hours


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


Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Puncheon

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2008

Date Last Updated: 08/22/2017


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Jerrie Lindsey
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 S. Meridian St. MC 5B4
Tallahassee , FL 32309
(850) 922-6160


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System Website View/Download



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