Kayaking and Canoeing in Taylor County, Florida

Calling All Paddlers!

A great way to explore our scenic area is by kayak, canoe or SUP. Be sure to bring along binoculars and a waterproof camera to capture the abundance of wildlife and colorful wildflowers that flourish along our waterways. We have paddling trails for all skill levels – from beginners to experts. There are local outfitters and guides in the area who will be happy to help beginners enjoy a safe paddling experience.

Taylor County is bordered to the east by the russet-colored waters of the scenic Aucilla River Paddling Trail. Multiple access points and a short stretch of rapids make this iconic river a favorite of local paddlers. A section of the well-loved Florida National Scenic Trail, popular with hikers, meanders along the river banks. Order an excellent map to explore the Rivers of AWE (Aucilla, Wacissa and Econfina) A surprisingly wild experience for intermediate and experienced paddlers is the Econfina River, ending at Econfina River State Park.

You’ll find a coastal paddling adventure with exceptional wildlife viewing and excellent fishing along the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail (BBSPT).  Suitable for experienced kayakers, it weaves along the Gulf from St. Marks River southeast to the majestic Suwannee River. Glide over unspoiled habitat preserved by the Big Bend Aquatic Seagrasses Preserve, the foundation of the coastline’s exceptional fishing. Permits are required for primitive campsites accessible by sea kayaks only.  Order a guide book and explore tidal creeks and small fishing villages tucked along the coastal marshes, including Spring Warrior, Dekle Beach, Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee.

The spring-fed Fenholloway River and pristine Dallus Creek within the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area offer more paddling opportunities.  The state-designated Steinhatchee River Paddling Trail begins just below Steinhatchee Falls, a popular picnic spot and historic river crossing where wagon ruts of early settlers are visible. While enjoying your Taylor County waterways remember to wear your life jacket to stay safe and have fun!

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