From spring-fed rivers to county blueway systems to the 1515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, Florida is endowed with exceptional paddling trails, rich in wildlife and scenic beauty.
The first Florida paddling trails were designated in the early 1970s, and trails have been added to the list ever since. Total mileage for the 60-plus state-designated trails is more than 4,000 miles. The Florida Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) coordinates the designated trails and works with or seeks to identify local and regional managers. For a water body to be included as a state-designated paddling trail, a government body or non-profit entity must agree to manage the trail and apply for designation through an established process through the Office of Greenways and Trails.
Note (Nov. 2022): due to impacts from Hurricane Ian, some launches along the St. Johns River are closed and parts of Rock Springs Run is blocked. Check with local outfitters and state parks for current status.
Note (Nov. 2022): due to impacts from Hurricane Ian, check with local outfitters and state parks for current status of paddling trails, especially regarding the Great Calusa Blueway, Peace River and Estero River.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.