This segment of the circumnavigational trail is steeped in history and blessed with outstanding natural beauty. Here Spain, France, England, the United States and Native American tribes wrested for control of Florida through the historic city of St. Augustine. Paddlers can literally touch this history by visiting many sites along the route.
Heading north on the old channel of the Matanzas River just past Mellon Island you can access the Fort Matanzas National Monument. Next stop, and a great place to spend the night, is St. Augustine. The Old Town and fort Castillo de San Marcos are favorite areas to explore in the city. Ghost Tours, Ripley's Believe it or Not and many other attractions are within easy walking distance.