Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail SEGMENT 01: PENSACOLA / FOR
Bordering the Florida-Alabama state line, this segment marks the beginning of the Florida Circumnavigation Saltwater Trail at Big Lagoon State Park. The almost 700-acre park offers hiking trails and a top-notch campground. Before beginning your adventure on the trail, be sure to climb Big Lagoon's observation tower for a good look at Perdido Key and outstanding examples of upland coastal marsh and forests. After leaving Big Lagoon, the circumnavigational trail traverses the Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve, which consists of 34,000 acres of seagrass beds, salt marshes and the undeveloped portions of Perdido Key and Santa Rosa Island. Paddling past the historic Fort Pickens and Gulf Islands National Seashore Naval Live Oaks Visitor's Center, this segment of the trail terminates at the Navarre Beach Bridge, some 35 miles later.