The State of Florida, through the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT), has designated a saltwater paddling trail that follows the coastline of Florida, stretching from Big Lagoon State Park in the Panhandle, south to the Keys, and continuing north up the eastern coast to Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border. Comprehensive maps and trail segment descriptions of the designated route are available from the OGT website shown at the bottom of this page.
The route of the Circumnavigational Trail is segmented so that those paddlers who do not wish to paddle the entire route in one trip will be able to easily research their section of interest. OGT hopes the Circumnavigational Trail will help educate paddlers by highlighting the diverse environment that Florida has to offer, especially the 37 aquatic preserves traversed by the Trail. Paddlers on the Trail also have access to almost all of Florida’s coastal parks, historic sites and recreation areas.
Segment 8, the portion of the Circumnavigational Trail located along the Pinellas County coast, begins at Anclote Key on the Pasco/Pinellas County border and continues south past Fort DeSoto Park toward Egmont Key. The Trail generally follows the Intracoastal Waterway side of the local barrier islands. The route is highlighted on Maps 1 though 5 of the Guide to Pinellas County Blueways as it follows the Gulf coast from north to south. Areas that may be of interest to a sea kayaker traversing the Pinellas County segment of the Trail are also highlighted in the Guide.
For more information, please visit the State of Florida Office of Greenways and Trails at www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/paddling/saltwater.htm . This site provides the most up-to-date information regarding the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.
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