June 10, 2008
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces
that the Apalachicola Paddling Trail System, located in Franklin
County in the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area, is
one of 24 trails designated by the Secretary of the Interior as a
National Recreation Trail.
This network of paddling trails was developed by the FWC’s Office of
Recreation Services. It features approximately 100 miles of scenic
waterways accessible to boaters, canoeists and kayakers with all
levels of experience. The shortest trails are 2 miles long, while
others are 4 to 16 miles and offer pleasant half- or full-day
paddling trips. Paddlers, anglers and birders can explore the quiet,
calm creeks meandering through cypress-tupelo swamps or enjoy vistas
of the open bay and salt marsh.
Those who wish a more extended backcountry experience can combine
trails to create two- or three-day trips. Suggested primitive
campsites are shown on the waterproof trail map available from the
FWC. No fees or permits are required.
This paddling trail system was also named one of the 12 most
recommended water trails in the United States for 2006 by The
American Canoe Association and Paddler magazine.
Liz Sparks, an FWC recreational planner who helped create the trail,
said the agency is honored the trail is recognized nationally as a
great destination for a variety of users who come to enjoy the
area’s outstanding scenery and wildlife-viewing opportunities.
“We encourage people to use the trails throughout the year, but the
fall and spring offer more comfortable temperatures and fewer bugs,”
Sparks said. “These are also great months to fish or watch wildlife
and view flowering plants along the trails.”
To receive a free copy of the Apalachicola Paddling Trail System
map, call 850-488-5520 or go to
WWW.MyFWC.com and click on “Outdoor Recreation” to download
copies of individual trip options.