The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails has updated its guide to all 26 segments of the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.
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.
The changes made 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.
Additionally, a new primitive campsite has been added to Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park in Inglis.
“We are very pleased with the update,” said Office of Greenways and Trails Assistant Bureau Chief and paddling trails coordinator Doug Alderson. “It is important to have accurate information available to paddlers as they prepare for the 2019-20 paddling season, which begins in October.”
A handful of paddlers tackle the entire trail each year while thousands more embark on day or weekend excursions.
“By paddling the Circumnavigational Trail, you get to see parts of Florida you’ve never seen,” said John Shinner, one of several people paddling the entire trail in segments over several years. “If you have the option, take your time and really enjoy what the trail has to offer.”
— Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails
You can also download detailed maps and trail documentation for each segment from the Office of Greenways and Trails web site: floridadep.gov/parks/ogt/content/florida-circumnavigational-saltwater-paddling-trail-segments-information
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Bob Rountree is a beach bum, angler and camper who has explored Florida for decades. No adventure is complete without a scenic paddle trail or unpaved road to nowhere. Bob co-founded FloridaRambler.com with fellow journalist Bonnie Gross 12 years ago.