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Shingle Creek... Paddling Gem Near Disney World

The launch at Steffee Landing (Shingle Creek Regional Park) along the busy Disney tourist corridor on US192 in Kissimmee (mile marker 15) belies the tranquil world of Shingle Creek and Shingle Creek Regional Park. The paddling trail is one of the prettiest we've seen - with alligators, turtles, myriad waterbirds and the beautiful cypress forest, this is a great option for taking a break from the theme parks and visiting the "real" Florida. Now a Florida Designated Paddling Trail, the state has recently (May 2015) added markers along the trail and is clearing some logs to better open up the creek to paddlers. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: 7 mile marked trail; 20 miles total
Location: Osceola County
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Tidal: No
Launch points: Steffee Landing (W. Vine St./US192 in Kissimmee); landing at Pleasant Hill road; landing at Babb Park (Babb Road, Kissimmee) (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: See link, right sidebar above
Nearby points of interest: Walt Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Warbird Museum, Silver Spurs Rodeo, Gatorland

Shingle Creek is the major tributary of Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho), the northernmost headwaters of the Everglades. Beginning in south Orange County, the creek flows about 20 miles past the International Drive tourist area south to Kissimmee, and then to Lake Toho. The stream and surrounding area are protected wetlands due to their importance to Everglades restoration efforts.

The designated paddling trail runs one mile each way north and south of Steffee Landing, "do not enter" signs mark the trail ends; however, the State of Florida has marked out the trail beyond the southern point toward Lake Toho - we paddled as far as the landing at Pleasant Hill Road and there are plans to eventually run a shuttle to this point. The only negative was occasional noise of private plane and small jet air traffic from nearby Kissimmee airport.

Heading north, the creek is wider and popular for fishing along the banks, with the marked trail terminating at about one mile just past Babb Park; we could see condos/apartments through the trees.

Heading south, the beautiful cypress swamp is a significant feature of the creek, more remote with narrow channels lined by palmetto palm and cypress and some wide areas. The twists and turns plus rapids in the newly marked section beyond the designated trail are for more experienced paddlers. We were thankful for the directional markers as it would be easy to get lost in the maze. Past the rapids is a section with ancient dunes and high banks, then the creek widens as it continues to Lake Toho with more homes along the banks. The landing at Pleasant Hill Road is a good spot to launch and paddle upstream to the dunes or downstream to Lake Toho. A drainage canal just north of Old Tampa Highway can also be paddled.

The 456-acre Shingle Creek Regional Park has a boat launch (no motor boats are allowed!), outfitter, fishing dock, hiking trails, picnicking, play area, and restrooms. Several old homes from the historic Shingle Creek community are within the park with others slated for restoration. The creek is named after the cypress trees that lined the bank in the late 19th century, which were used to make wood shingles. Upgrades made to the park at Stefee Landing (2014) include an outfitter, boardwalk and bridge.

The Shingle Creek Regional Trail is also being expanded; the trail (@Oct. 2016) goes from Hoagland Blvd., through the park, under US192, past the Osceola County Historical Center, over the trail bridge at Shingle Creek, to Pioneer Village. Future construction will run from downtown Kissimmee to the Orange County line. The outfitter also offer bike rentals.

Babb Park is the northern end of Shingle Creek Regional Park, and site of the old Babb family residence and orange groves. Picnic tables, and a hiking and biking trail are available (the bike trail has been upgraded as part of the Shingle Creek Regional Trail project). A new Pioneer Village opened in November 2014.

Paddling at Shingle Creek
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Shingle Creek Regional Park
The park at Steffee Landing was improved in 2014,
with boardwalks, picnicking, a bridge, and outfitter.
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Launch area at
Steffee Landing
Steffee Family homestead Bridge over river to additional parking and exhibits Sawmill exhibit
Steffee Landing South
This is the prettiest portion of the trail with majestic cypress swamp
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Cypress swamp, beautiful! One of the wider areas Narrowing again
The trail is now marked out past the "trail end" sign and includes a rapids! One day, we were startled by a lot of gunshots - it was from the police training facility nearby.
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The rapids
Rapids south to Pleasant Hill Road Landing
After the dunes area, the creek widens and passes residential areas as it heads toward Lake Toho. See more photos on our Facebook page.
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Rapids Dunes Along the creek Many spots to land for stretching and snacking
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On the drainage canal Residential area Pleasant Hill Road bridge Landing at Pleasant Hill Road
Steffee Landing North to Babb Park
Here, the creek is generally wider than the south section
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US192 bridge       "End of trail" sign
Babb Park
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Boardwalk at Babb Landing Boat landing along Shingle Creek Picnic area Shingle Creek Trail
at Babb Park
Trail bridge over Shingle Creek
Wildlife along Shingle Creek
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Ibis Turtle Limpkin White egret Mudfish and Bobcat

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

- Osceola County Parks & Recreation - Shingle Creek Regional Park

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