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Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail

Location: Coast of Florida
Water: Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico
Length: 1,515 miles (26 segments)

Beginning at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, extending around the Florida peninsula and Keys, and ending at Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border, the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (commonly referred to as The CT) is a 1,515-mile sea kayaking paradise. The trail includes every Florida coastal habitat type, from barrier island dune systems to salt marsh to mangroves. Several historical sites and points of interest are accessible by kayak along with colorful fishing communities and urban centers.

The CT is divided into 26 segments. Each segment is unique, ranging from the remote Big Bend Coast and Everglades/Florida Bay wilderness, to the more urbanized coastlines of Pinellas County and Fort Lauderdale.

The trail is utilized by thousands of Florida residents and visitors alike who paddle the trail for a few hours, days, weeks or months. Some hardy souls have paddled the entire trail, and others seek to complete the trail in segments over several years, similar to how hikers often tackle the Florida or Appalachian Trail.

Highlighting and educating paddlers about Florida's rich history and fragile coastal environment, the CT traverses:

  • 20 national parks, seashores, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries
  • 37 Florida aquatic preserves
  • 47 Florida state parks
  • numerous local parks and preserves
Segment descriptions and info
There are individually posted guide pages for each of the 26 segments with contacts, trip segment length, starting and ending points, special considerations and much more.

Start researching at this website:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/paddling/Segments/Segment%20Home.htm

Contact Info:

3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 795
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000

phone: 850-245-2052 or 1-877-822-5208 (toll free)

Website: www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/paddling/saltwater

Additional Link: www.floridapaddlingtrails.com/


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