One of the most magical experiences in Florida is when you lose sight of civilization and disappear down a quiet river on a canoe or kayak or inner tube. I did this often on the Wekiva River north of Orlando and have done it several times since on quiet streams across Florida – but not nearly as often as I’d like.
That’s why it’s good to know what I’ve just learned:
In Wakulla County, the Apalachee Bay Maritime Heritage Paddling Trails include ten waterways that open the door to remote and backwoods environments via bays, rivers, and springs. Since much of the county’s coastline is protected by the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Apalachee Bay is one of the healthiest and pristine bays in America so your time on the water is likely going to revolve around portions of Florida that’d look familiar to travelers from hundreds of years ago.
How big is this? From the website:
“The Bay is bounded by the Ochlockonee River in the west and the Econfina River in the east. It occupies a 412 km2 surface area with an 11,900 km2 drainage area. It is surprisingly shallow, with an average depth of 3.0m. Most trails occur in Wakulla County, between the Waterfront Florida Communities of Panacea in the west and St. Marks in the east and can be completed in 2-3 hours.”
The maps you’ll find are segmented so you can choose the path and the level of difficulty equal to your level of skill. If you’re a photographer, a bird watcher, and nature lover, a fisherman – this is custom-designed for you.