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Reported: Oct. 2015

Juniper Creek... Paddling Florida's Panhandle

Juniper Creek is another paddling destination near Milton, FL (along with the Blackwater River and Coldwater Creek). The scenic 6-mile Florida designated trail is a pleasant paddle, with a moderate 2-3 mph current, tea-colored water, mostly sandy bottom, and no obstructions - good for beginner paddlers (not to be confused with Juniper Run in the Ocala National Forest for the more experienced).  (Detailed map and photos below)



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Distance: 6 mile designated trail
Location: Santa Rosa County (Milton)
Difficulty: Easy
Tidal: No
Launch points: Red Rock Road bridge, Indian Ford Road bridge (both accessed off SR191 north of Milton) (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: N/A, the local outfitters we called did not provide services for Juniper Creek (despite what websites said)
Nearby Points of interest: Milton, Navarre Beach

The launches are located at the side of the road next to the bridges with no facilities - at Red Rock Road is a wide beach and easy launch, at Indian Ford the launch is a little steeper with some erosion but still very manageable. Though there are outfitters nearby, we could locate none who provided a shuttle, so either begin and end from the same launch, or use two cars to shuttle.

The creek has areas with banks 5 or 10 feet high, and many sandbars for stretching or picnicking; camping is allowed. The Florida Trail parallels the creek and hikers may be seen. The hardwood forest includes pine, juniper, cypress and magnolia. Wildlife include birds, deer, fish and turtles; there also have been reports of bear, otter and bobcats, but other than some birds and small fish we saw no wildlife on this trip.

Paddling at Juniper Creek
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We launched from Indian Ford Road bridge and paddled upstream about 2.5 miles,
then a leisurely float back.
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Launch at Indian Ford Road bridge. Under the bridge Juniper Creek
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Along the creek. Clear, shallow, tea-colored water. Many sandbars.
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Picnic spot Other paddlers, this is a favorite with locals Creek at Red Rock Road bridge Launch at Red Rock Road bridge

More information on paddling on Juniper Creek (opens in a new window):

- Florida Department of Greenways and Trails - Paddling Trails:
- Juniper Creek Designated Paddling Trail (file download)

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