Florida Designated Paddle Trails
The great state of Florida boasts an abundance of water trails for all of your paddling adventures! Panama City, part of the Emerald Coast Region of the Florida Paddling Trails Association, is nestled between popular Econfina and Holmes Creek paddling trails.
Econfina Creek is one of the most outstanding waterways in the state, with plenty of wildlife and native vegetation. This swift-flowing waterway is a nature-lovers delight, and the upper section offers a challenging adventure for more experienced paddlers. The Econfina Creek Paddling Trail is 24-miles long and the degree of difficulty is dependent on the fluctuating water levels. It is also considered the most difficult paddle trail in the state, with rushing water, hairpin turns and steep banks. There are five total access points, in which you can learn more about here.
This remote Panhandle stream is fed by crystalline springs, making the water clear and perfect for a chill, relaxing day of kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. Low-hanging branches and twists add variety along the waterway. Old cypress and gum trees line the shore, with wildflower blooms in the spring, adding even more natural beauty to this pristine trail. Holmes Creek in its entirety is 34-miles long and has 12 access points, learn more about them here.
St. Andrews State Park
The opportunities are endless when exploring at the state park. Paddle around the lagoon or cross the channel over to Shell Island and spend the day enjoying a more leisurely expedition with the calm waters of the bay, watching dolphins, collecting shells, and relaxing on the beach. Learn more here.
Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail
Commonly known as the CT, the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail is a 1,515-mile sea kayaking paradise, making it Florida’s longest and most ambitious sea kayaking trail.
Northwest Florida is a part of this trail which begins at Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola, extends around the Florida peninsula and Keys, ending near the Georgia state line. Experience every Florida coastal habitat type, from barrier island dune systems to saltmarsh and mangroves while traversing 20 national parks, seashores, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries, 37 Florida aquatic preserves, and 47 Florida state parks. Learn more here.
* Be prepared! Have a GPS device and necessary supplies with you, follow proper safety regulations, and be aware that lodging may not be available along the entire route.