Apalachee Bay Maritime Heritage Paddling Trial Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Let’s Get to Paddlin’!

by Domonique Davis

The ribbon was cut Monday, May 13 in Wakulla County for the Apalachee Bay Maritime Heritage Paddling Trail system, a set of 10 saltwater paddling trails varying in length and difficulty.

Whether a beginner or expert paddler, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Each trail, ranging in length from three to eight miles, offers the unique opportunity to enjoy wildlife and ecosystems that may not be commonly seen.

Novice paddlers can enjoy the shorter, scenic trail that follows St. Marks River to Port Leon Creek, while intermediate and expert paddlers can venture down the more complex trail of Piney Island near Panacea.

“These trails are coastal. Paddlers are going to be able to see dolphins, a variety of fish and probably sea turtles. During the winter they’ll see different types of ducks, and of course manatees are a big attraction year round,” said Doug Alderson, a nature writer and photographer as well as a coordinator with Florida’s office of Greenways and Trails.