Historic Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail

Explore our Big Bend coast along this 105-mile paddling trail on the Gulf of Mexico between the St. Marks River lighthouse and the Suwannee River. Experienced sea kayakers can plan a multi-day expedition with primitive camping on one of the longest and wildest publicly-owned coastal wetlands in the county. Hugging the coastline under the expanse of the wide open Florida sky, paddlers will encounter an amazing array of bird and marine life – white pelicans, bald eagles, ospreys, crabs, fish, sea turtles, manatees, cannonball jellyfish, small sharks and rays. The Trail is open September 1 through June 30 and permit is required. Trail guide and permit application information can be found on the FWC website under Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trailcamping permits. The Historic Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail is part of a system of trails that make up the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.

Hours & Details

September 1 through June 30

Permit use required

Kayaking & Canoeing