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Peace River Paddling Trail


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The Peace River, true to its name, is a serene, slow-moving river with few signs of civilization. From Bartow to Arcadia, the pale, tea-colored river shows many different faces. Sometimes the river is narrow, passing swiftly between high banks. Around a curve, the river may widen and the current becomes slow-moving. Past another curve, the river becomes a quiet, shallow pond before narrowing again. The Peace River is split by tiny islands and joined by numerous creeks. Sandy beaches and sloping banks provide excellent camping spots. The most outstanding feature of the river is its geology. Large limestone formations frequently emerge from the banks and river bottom, creating shoals and gentle rapids (depending on water levels). Below Wauchula, the river is popular to fossil hunters, who (after obtaining a state permit) pan for the shark's teeth and bones from ages past. Due to its scenic nature, the Peace River is a designated Florida paddling trail.

  • Designation:
  • Geographic Trail,
  • Trail Information:
  • Difficulty Easy, Length of Trail (in miles) 70, Nearby Cities Bartow, Ft. Meade, Wauchula, Arcadia, Gardner

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WATCH OUT! The river is DRY. We had to walk carrying our kayaks more often than we were able to paddle, and the river was populated with numerous sinkholes. We wound up having to be rescued because the river just dried up with no indication of where we needed to go to finish our trip. Also, if you do get trapped, we saw wild hogs and our rescuers warned us of huge alligators and even the occasional bear. If you decide to go on the stretch near Bartow, make sure you plan ahead.
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