Beginning at the bridge on State Road 166 in Marianna, this scenic 51-mile trail flows through river swamps and hardwood forests. Limestone bluffs and caves, visible from the water, add a unique touch. Several shoals are present, especially during low water, and should be attempted by intermediate paddlers. Paddlers should take note of the shoal known as "Look and Tremble Falls" below the State Road 274 bridge and portage if necessary. The rivershed boasts 63 fresh water springs, more than any other in Northwest Florida. Because of its scenic nature, the Chipola River is a Florida designated paddling trail.