Our route will be along the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, commonly referred to the CT. Known as “Florida’s longest and most ambitious kayaking trail” , it stretches 1515 miles.
The trail begins at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola (1) and ends at Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border (26).
The CT is organized into 26 unique segments and encompasses:
- 20 national parks
- 37 aquatic preserves
- 47 state parks
- numerous local parks
- marine sanctuaries and preserves.
The scenery varies from salt marsh to desolate beach wilderness and from mangrove to ultra-urbanized coastal mecca.
Thru-paddling the CT usually takes between 3-6 months to complete. Only a handful of others have completed the trail in one continuous journey. Many elect to tackle it in segments.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Office of Greenways and Trails manages and coordinates the strategic long term goals of the CT but also rely on a variety of other agencies, businesses, and individuals. This truly is a cooperative effort.
The non-profit Florida Paddling Trails Association serves as the volunteer stewardship organization for the CT, as well as other paddle trails in the state.