Located in the western Panhandle, the upper Yellow River is unique in that it drains the state's highest elevation. As a result, the current is faster and there are numerous high banks. Hardwood forests and high sandy banks frame the waterway. Farther downstream, the river deepens and slows as it passes through cypress and gum swamps. Water levels can fluctuate dramatically in a short period of time. Due to its scenic nature, the Yellow River is a state-designated Florida paddling trail.