Paradise Coast Blueway (FL)
Waterways: Gulf of Mexico, Gordon River, Lake Trafford
South West coast of Florida (Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City).
A network of paddling routes along the extensive coastline, the trail leads kayakers and canoers on an exciting journey from the cypress, through the mangroves and out to the edge of the Gulf of Mexico utilizing GPS waypoints. Phase 1, the Ten Thousand Islands section of the blueway, begins in Everglades City, at the northwestern tip of Everglades National Park’s Wilderness Waterway trail, and ends at the village of Goodland on Marco Island. There are six day trip trails as well as one long trail route in Phase 1.
Eventually, with the completion of Phases 2 and 3, the Paradise Coast Blueway will provide routes through the northern border of Collier County in Bonita Springs.
Phase 2 will cover the Goodland to Gordon Pass area and includes routes through Rookery Bay, a prime and easily accessible area for paddlers.
Phase 3 will be the simplest to plot. It includes a trip up the Gordon River in Naples, and a coastal route along the beaches to the northern county line. It will also include Lake Trafford in Immokalee as a day trip.
Maps of the Trail: www.floridastateparks.org/wilderness/Maps
Along the Paradise Coast Blueway paddling trail, you’ll have many opportunities to explore land-based attractions.
Here are a few of the sites you can visit:
- Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center
- Big Cypress National Preserve
- Sandfly Island
- Faka Union Canal
- Collier-Seminole State Park
3050 N. Horseshoe Dr., Suite 218
Naples, Florida 34104