The Wilderness Way
Wakulla County's longest established outfitter and leading retailer in touring, recreational and fishing kayaks along with an expert sales staff of experienced paddlers. The Wilderness Way has Hobie, Jackson and Bonafide kayaks for sale along with all the accessories available. Trailers by Trailex and roof racks by Thule and Yakima. The Wilderness Way specializes in kayak repair and rigging -- so each kayak leaves the store ready to go.
They offer 24 hour kayak rental and shuttle services as well as bike rentals. Need a guide for that excursion? The Wilderness Way has you covered there, too, with guided tours for inshore saltwater or freshwater fishing, wildlife sightseeing trips or river and sunset cruises. Also see "Reel Fin Addict Kayak fishing" on this website for kayak fishing information.
All of our tours can be scheduled at your convenience however they do require a minimum of 3 paddlers, (excluding the Kayak Fishing Tours the requirement is only 1 person) A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to make your reservation with the exception of the Overnight Camping which require a minimum of 4 days notice. As much notice as possible is suggested to guarantee the availability of our guides.
St. Mark River Paddle
Enjoy the paddle from the rise to Newport. The St. Marks river is 5 miles of primitive landscape and quiet beauty. Wldlife abounds along the magnolia tree lined banks, history whispers from the old settlement known as Magnolia. $60 per person includes kayak rental, guide and shuttle.
Half Day Trip for Intermediate and Advanced Paddlers
Wacissa River Paddle
Spring fed the Wacissa River is like going back in time to primitive beauty and clear springs. This 4 hour paddle takes you to the island of cedar tees, stop and swim at the platform, admire the abundant wildlife. $60 per person includes kayak rental, guide and shuttle.
Half Day Trip for Beginners to Advanced Paddlers.
Pedal to Paddle
Pedal to Paddle Tour. Start this 3 ½ hour adventure at The Wilderness Way where you will pick up your bike and peddle along the St. Marks Historical Railroad bike trail 5 miles to TnT Hideaway. There you will get in your kayak and paddle 3 miles on the Wakulla River to the southern boundary of Wakulla Springs State Park where we will shuttle you back to The Wilderness Way. $65 per person includes bike and kayak rental and shuttle. Be even more adventurous and paddle down river to St. Marks and ride your bike back to The Wilderness Way, this trip is $75 per person. You would need to plan for at least a 5 hour trip for this.
Starting at Goose Pasture on the Wacissa River paddling thru the slave canal to the Aucilla River. This paddle is for the adventurous and experienced paddler it can consist of difficult maneuvering and close up encounters with wildlife. All day paddle for intermediate and advanced paddlers.
Overnight Camping/Kayaking Tours
St. Marks River Overnight Paddle
Paddle from the Rise on the St. Marks River to Newport Campground where you campsite will be waiting for you, enjoy dinner over the campfire, cuddle up in your tent under the stars and get up early for breakfast and a paddle to your final destination at Fort San Marcos de Apalache in St. Marks. Beginner friendly, maximum party of 8, minimum age 16 with adult or private family packages are available. Dinner and breakfast included, let us know of any food preferences when making your reservation. Cost per person is $130 if you have your own camping equipment or $155 all inclusive.
Wacissa Headwaters to Goose Pasture Overnight Kayak Paddle
Depart from the headwaters of the Wacissa River and paddle to Goose Pasture a 10 mile paddle to your campsite. Camp overnight after enjoying a campfire dinner and rise early to continue the paddle thru the Slave Canal another 5 mile paddle to Nutall Rise. Advanced paddling experience required. Dinner, lunch and breakfast included, let us know of any food preferences when making your reservation. Cost per person $205 with your own camping equipment or $225 all inclusive. Option to omit the Slave Canal paddle on Sunday deduct $55.00.
Chaires Creek Overnight Fishing Paddle
Intermediate paddlers and up for this overnight fishing trip for trout, red fish, flounder and sheephead. This will be a carry in camping experience and not suggested for beginners. Dinner (preferably your own catch) and breakfast will be included as well as your camping gear and fishing equipment if needed. $250 per person all inclusive.