Whether up in the panhandle, across the middle of the state, or down toward the Florida Keys, Florida has year round kayaking options for paddlers. Of course Florida kayaking is primarily known for the various beaches that surround the peninsula of Florida. But, there are over 4000 square miles of water within the state that are just waiting to be paddled. Here is a list of kayaking trails to paddle all up and down the state of Florida.
Fisheating Creek is a a wild and little known kayaking destination with an old-time feel in the middle of the state of Florida. Hidden among the cypress trees, paddlers on this throwback of a kayak trip are bound to see alligators in the water and wildlife such as hogs on the banks. Winding from west to east, this creek flows freely into Lake Okeechobee.
The Sandfly Island Loop is located in Everglades National Park in the southwestern area of Florida known as the 10,000 islands. Dolphins, manatee, otters, and even sharks abound in these waters. From an open water section to tight navigating through the mangrove trails, this kayaking trip and trail has something for all kayak paddling preferences.
West Lake Park is located in Hollywood, FL which is between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. This mangrove estuary contains 50,000 of waterfront and spans a 3 mile strip of land. There are three kayaking trails here as well as West Lake itself and access to Florida's Intracoastal Waterway.
The Oleta River is located in North Miami on the way to North Miami Beach. This park contains mangrove trails and kayaking access to Biscayne Bay.
John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo of the Florida Keys is in the northern portion of the Florida Keys. These mangrove kayak trails are unlike any other in the state in that the water is crystal transparent deep blue. Tropical fish can be seen from your kayak. This is a must do paddling trip.
The only designated Wild and Scenic River in Florida, the Loxahatchee River is located in the middle of Eastern Florida around Jupiter and Hobe Sound. The upper half of this trip is rather narrow and filled with lush vegetation as well as clear waters. The lower half is tidal and opens up quite a bit. This is a really cool kayaking trip filled with alligators, otters, some old Florida history, and even two dams to kayak over (or walk around).