Coldwater Creek – the name sounds pretty good when it's hot outside, right? Located near Milton in Northwest Florida, Coldwater Creek is a huge draw in the summer months, and is also one of the top places for tubing in the state. It gets my vote for one of the best waterways for canoeing and kayaking, too.
The official Coldwater Creek Paddling Trail starts at the SR 4 bridge in Munson, twisting and turning its way for 19 miles before ending at CR 191 bridge near Milton. Coldwater Creek is a swift tributary of the Blackwater River (another great paddle, by the way), and features large sandbars along the way that are perfect for picnicking. Make sure to check water levels before your trip. After a rain, the current on Coldwater Creek can become very strong.
For those not wanting to take on the full 19-mile trail, consider a shorter trip from Adventures Unlimited. This is a great place for canoe and kayak rentals, as well as other outdoor activities. If you just want a quick taste of Coldwater Creek, Adventures Unlimited offers a four-mile trip that lasts about an hour and a half.
Take a look at the trip offerings at Adventures Unlimited, and also make sure to check out the Office of Greenways and Trails PDF guide to Coldwater Creek. Also, for plenty of other trail adventures, take a look at the trails section of VISITFLORIDA.com. Have fun!