Kayak & Canoe



Arriving on Big Pine Island-Big Bend Trail. Photo by Doug Alderson

Florida circumnavigational trail guide updated

Florida’s longest non-motorized trail begins at Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola to Key West and then up the east coast to the Georgia state line. Changes made to to the 322-page guide include overnight accommodations, including Mexico Beach where one motel is set to reopen in 2020 while another will not be rebuilt in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

The view along Everglades National Park Hell’s Bay Kayak Trail. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Everglades National Park Hell’s Bay Kayak Trail: The name is a hint

Whoever named this kayak trail Hell’s Bay was giving you a hint: It won’t be easy. During National Parks Week at the end of April, I paddled this forbiddingly named trail. It’s mile after mile of mangroves with tight twists and turns that make going slow. If you’re heading for a backcountry camping site — a chickee on a platform in the middle of the Everglades wilderness — then this trail is worth the trouble. If not, well, I have some suggestions for you.