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Find a Florida Kayaking Trail Near Your!

Kayak Trails from Florida's Panhandle down to the Keys


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.

1. Kayak Coldwater Creek in Florida's Panhandle

Coldwater Creek Red Kayak
Photo © by George E. Sayour
Coldwater Creek is a wilderness paddling trip up in the Florida panhandle. The clear cold water with white sandy bottom is uncharacteristic for Florida, but doesn't quite fit in other states either. This creek makes for a great fishing, camping and kayaking weekend.

2. Kayaking Fisheating Creek Near Lake Okeechobee

Father and Son Kayaking Fisheating Creek
Photo © by George E. Sayour
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.

3. Sandfly Island Paddling Loop in the 10,000 Islands

Photo © by George E. Sayour
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.

4. Kayaking the Trails at West Lake Park in Hollywood, FL

West Lake Park Hollywood Florida Kayaking
© by George E. Sayour
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.

5. Kayaking at Oleta River State Park

Oleta River Kayaking
Photo © by George E. Sayour
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.

6. Kayaking at John Pennekamp in the Florida Keys

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.

7. Kayaking the Loxahatchee River

Loxahatchee Canoe
Photo © by George E. Sayour
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).
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