Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail SEGMENT 06: BIG BEND SALTWA
With the exception of the Ten Thousand Islands and Everglades, this is the remotest part of the circumnavigational trail, and certainly the longest, featuring miles of unspoiled shoreline, marsh and sea islands. The first 105-mile stretch of the trail, including six primitive campsites, is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as part of the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail. Free permits must be obtained before using any of the campsites and you must paddle from top to bottom. Near the Suwannee River, you'll pass through lands managed by the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Camping is not allowed in either refuge. The segment ends at the Cross Florida Greenway Spoil Island near Yankeetown. Be sure to stop in Yankeetown for that well deserved shower and piping hot meal!