This is Segment 1, Region A. Bordering the Florida-Alabama state line, this segment encompasses several outstanding rivers and it marks the beginning of the Florida Circumnavigation Saltwater Trail at Big Lagoon State Park. The almost 700-acre park offers hiking trails and a top-notch campground. Before beginning your adventure on the trail, be sure to climb Big Lagoon's observation tower for a good look at Perdido Key and outstanding examples of upland coastal marsh and forests.
After leaving Big Lagoon, the circumnavigational trail traverses the Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve, which consists of 34,000 acres of seagrass beds, salt marshes and the undeveloped portions of Perdido Key and Santa Rosa Island. Paddling past the historic Fort Pickens and Gulf Islands National Seashore Naval Live Oaks Visitor's Center, this segment of the trail terminates at the Navarre Beach Bridge, some 35 miles later.
For river paddling, this segment includes four scenic state designated paddling trails: the Perdido, Coldwater, Blackwater and Juniper Creeks. Each offers long undeveloped stretches, numerous sandbars for rest stops and sparkling waters often tinted with yellow or red-black tannins from swamp vegetation, depending on rainfall levels.
35 mile stretch of circumnavigational trail
4 state designated river trails
- Coastal section is ideal for sea kayaks; canoes or smaller kayaks can be used on rivers.
- The ocean portion of this segment crosses channels with heavy boat traffic
Primary Campsites & Distances Between for Circumnavigational Trail
- Big Lagoon State Park to East End of Perdido Key, 6 miles
- Eastern End of Perdido Key to Big Sabine Point, 17 miles
- Big Sabine Point to Navarre Beach Bridge, 12 miles
- Perdido River (18.3 miles)
- Coldwater Creek (19 miles)
- Blackwater River (31 miles)
- Juniper Creek (11 miles)
- Police, Fire and Medical Emergencies: 911
- Escambia County Sheriff: 850-436-9630
- Santa Rosa County Sheriff: 850-983-1100
- Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission Hotline: 1-888-404-3922
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