Kayaking and Canoeing in Taylor County Florida
Calling All Paddlers!
A great way to explore our lovely area is from the seat of a kayak or canoe. An abundance of wildlife, including blossoms, greenery and numerous animals, flourish along the banks of our waterways, affording breathtaking sights as you embark on an exciting adventure. We have canoe trails for all skill levels - from beginners to experts. For those who have never picked up a paddle, local guides in the area will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Taylor County is bordered to the east by the russet-colored waters of the Aucilla River. Paddlers will find a wonderful canoeing opportunity on our segment of the 19-mile Aucilla River Canoe Trail system. This section of the trail can be accessed on S.R. 257 (about seven miles south of Lamont) near the bridge crossing the Aucilla River. High banks with limestone outcroppings and densely wooded areas flank this swift six-mile stretch. While you maneuver this moderately difficult course you'll encounter rapids, one of which drops nearly ten feet, as well as scattered shoals. The take-out point is near an abandoned bridge at a small logging road just before the Cabbage Grove fire tower.
Novices often start out on the Econfina River, which is the namesake for the Econfina River State Park at which it is found. You can access the river near Perry off U.S. Hwy. 98 (the take-out point is an access at S.R. 14). This four-mile run of clear winding waters is about a two-hour trip, part of a 22-mile trail system that begins near Route 20 (we don't recommend beginners trying their luck at most of the other sections on the 22-mile Econfina River Canoe Trail; the currents move awfully fast and even seasoned veterans have found it difficult to stay afloat).
You'll find an "outside" paddling adventure along the Historic Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail, the state's first legislatively designated water trail. It weaves along the Gulf from St. Marks River southeast to the Suwannee River and is best navigated by sea kayak. You'll paddle through an aquatic preserve, tidal creeks and numerous rivers, including the Econfina. Taylor County sights include Spring Warrior Camp, Dekle Beach, Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee.
The spring-fed Fenholloway River is another opportunity for canoeists to test their skills, as is the Steinhatchee River and Steinhatchee Falls (which is actually just a long name for a short drop in the river). Just remember – stay safe and have fun!