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Reported: Nov. 2015

Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail... 105 miles in Northwest Florida

Big Bend Paddling Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail (and part of the 1,550 mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Trail), runs 105 miles on the Gulf of Mexico between the Aucilla and Suwannee Rivers along one of the longest and wildest publicly-owned coastal wetlands in the United States. Paddlers will pass wildlife and aquatic preserves, plus many small tidal creeks and seven rivers to explore. Watch the wind and tides. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: 105 miles
Location: Wakulla, Taylor, Dixie Counties
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Econfina River State Park, Hagens Cove, Dallus Creek, Steinhatchee, Horseshoe Beach, Suwannee (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: Steinhatchee (links, above right)
Nearby points of interest: St. Mark's Lighthouse, Suwannee River

The trail includes six primitive campsites  at Rock Island, Spring Warrior Creek, Sponge Point, Dallus Creek, Sink Creek, and Butler Island; free permits must be obtained in advance (an online calendar is available to check availability and make reservations). Camping is also available at Econfina State Park and other accommodations in Steinhatchee.

Wildlife include a wide array of bird and marine life.

Paddling at Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail
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We paddled the area off Hagen's Cove, and visited other towns along the paddling trail to scope out future launches. This was a calm day on the Gulf - tides, wind and weather can be treacherous so watch and listen for advisories.
Hagen's Cove
Hagen's Cove is located between Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee.
Restroom, boat ramp, beach and picnic facilities.
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Boat ramp At low tide, we waited for the tide to come in more Ready to launch from
the beach
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Paddling on the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling trail on the Gulf of Mexico off Hagen's Cove
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We saw many powerboats and airboats Returning to the park Fishing was good for a father and son we met
Other points/launches on the trail
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Keaton Beach Dark Island
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Dallus Creek Steinhatchee
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Rocky Creek Horseshoe Beach
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Shired Island Suwannee

More information on paddling at Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail (opens in a new window):

- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail
- Florida DEP Department of Greenways and Trail - Big Bend

See also: Paddling on the Steinhatchee River

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