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Sierra Club trips offer kayak itineraries to inspire your Florida vacation plans

Swimmers at Blue SpringsIf you’re dreaming of a Florida kayaking vacation, consider making plans inspired by trips offered by the Sierra Club.

You don’t have to book these trips to benefit from them. Reading a Sierra Club itinerary, you could put together your own outstanding Florida vacation.

Here are four terrific spring trips listed by the Sierra Club:

  • Manatees and Mermaids, March 10-16, 2013. This trip is based in Chassahowitzka, a small town on what’s called the Nature Coast, the Gulf coast north of Tampa. It’s a terrific area to kayak and in March, manatees should be spotted on many of these waterways.  Activities including visiting Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, kayaking the Chassahowitzka, the Crystal River, the Rainbow River and the Weeki Wachi, where I’ve paddling with manatees and enjoyed the mermaid show.
  • Florida Spring Flowers and Wild Rivers, April 14-20, 2013. This trip begins with kayaking the Wakulla River near Tallahassee, then takes in the Sopchoppy River, St. Marks River and the the Wacissa River. The group stays in the historic Wakulla Lodge.

All of these destinations offer outstanding hiking, kayaking and wildlife viewing in wild areas many have yet to explore.

If you want to create your own trip, consider booking cabins in state parks in the area. In addition to the cabins at Blue Springs State Park,  there are primitive cabins at Hontoon State Park and extremely well equipped cabins at nearby Lake Louise State Park  and Silver River State Park. 

Because the cabins in state parks  are so well situated, they book up fast, so it’s not too early to reserve for winter outings.  To book cabins, go through Reserve America.

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