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Aucilla River Trail

Location The Aucilla Rivers forms the boundary between Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor Counties in the Big Bend region of North Florida
State(s) Florida
Counties Jefferson, Madison, Taylor
Type Water Trail
Length 50.00 Miles / 80.47 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Heritage and History
Wildlife Observation
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Paddling Aucilla River
Paddling Aucilla River

The Aucilla River flows through a rugged and sparsely populated slice of Florida's Big Bend region as it meanders to the Gulf of Mexico. Originating from artesian springs in Georgia and flowing 111 km to the Gulf, the river picks up tannins from decaying vegetation along its journey. The water acquires a black tint, hence its description as a “blackwater” river. When it passes through the sculpted limestone landscape known as karst, the inky water provides a stark contrast to the chalky-white limestone. Acids in the tannins and rainfall slowly eat away at the limestone, creating a region marked by sinkholes, caves, springs and disappearing rivers. The river's unusual geology, long cultural tradition, and abundant wildlife, add interest and intrigue to the swamps and shady woodlands of the 47,622-acre Aucilla Wildlife Management Area.

The Aucilla River is designated as “Special Waters,” part of the “Outstanding Florida Waterway Program” and is a state-designated paddling trail popular with paddlers and anglers. Depending on water levels, a stretch of rocky shoals and rapids can challenge even experienced paddlers. A round-the-clock phone message with water level information is available so that visitors may plan their excursions when water flow is optimal.

The upper stretches of the Aucilla pass through swamps, shaded hardwood forests, and high limestone banks. As it journeys to the Gulf, the river gradually widens, flowing throu (Continued...)


Visitor Information

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

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available



The Aucilla River is located southeast of Tallahassee with multiple access points from a variety of roads; access and shuttling directions provided in map guide


Additional Information

Width: 0 inches.

Primary Surface: Water, moving

Secondary Surface: Water, moving

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: 03/29/2017


Contact Information

Jerrie Lindsey
Recreation Planner
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Office of Recreation Services
620 S. Meridian St
Tallahassee , FL 32399
(850) 410-4951

Trail Management:
Edwin McCook
Land Management Specialist
Suwannee River Water Management District
Suwannee River Water Management District
9225 CR 49
Live Oak , FL 32060


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Order map guide on-line from Wildlife Foundation o Brochure View/Download
Aucilla Rapids Brochure View/Download
Aucilla sunrise Brochure View/Download
Photo View/Download
Mysterious shapes Aucilla River Photo View/Download
Paddling Aucilla River Photo View/Download
Aucilla River goes Underground Photo View/Download
Hiking the Aucilla Sinks Trail Photo View/Download
Photo View/Download
Recreation on Aucilla WMA Website View/Download



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