This is Segment 5, Region B. Paddling trails abound in this segment. River trails range from the larger Ochlockonee, to the tannin-colored Sopchoppy, to shorter springfed streams such as the Wakulla and Wacissa. Paddlers can also explore two different connected lake systems near Tallahassee: the Lake Bradford Chain of Lakes and the Lafayette Passage Trail.
Following the circumnavigational trail along the coast, paddlers can observe major geologic changes that have taken place over millennia. St. George and Dog islands mark the end of a chain of barrier islands that have been formed by sediments deposited by the Apalachicola and Ochlockonee rivers while islands to the east are sections of land isolated by rising sea levels.
Paddling east on the Crooked River through Tate's Hell State Forest you'll have a good chance of spotting a Florida black bear.
The second half of the segment along the coast spans the entire length of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Here, you'll see unspoiled marshy vistas, tree islands, and an historic lighthouse.
100-103 miles of circumnavigational trail
8 mapped river/interior trails
- Extreme caution is advised in paddling open water areas from St. George Island to Carrabelle and in paddling across Ochlockonee Bay
- Hunting is popular in the Crooked River section from November to February. Wear bright colors when paddling near hunting areas.
Primary Campsites & Distances Between for Circumnavigational Trail
- St. George Island to Carrabelle Campsite, 11.5 miles
- Carrabelle Campsite to Crooked River Campsite Z, 15 miles
- Crooked River Campsite Z to Ochlockonee River State Park, 15.5 miles
- Ochlockonee River State Park to Chaires Creek Campsite at Bald Point State Park, 11 miles
- Bald Point State Park to Spring Creek, 12-15 miles
- Spring Creek to St. Marks River campsite, 10 miles (not yet open)
- St. Marks River campsite to Ring Dike campsite, 9.5 miles (not yet open)
- Ring Dike campsite to Pinhook River campsite, 8.5 miles (not yet open)
- Pinhook River campsite to lower Aucilla River ramp, 7 miles
- Upper Ochlockonee River (26 miles)
- Lower Ochlockonee River (65 miles)
- Sopchoppy River (15 miles)
- Wakulla River (4 miles)
- Wacissa River (14 miles)
- Aucilla River (27 miles)
- Lake Bradford Chain of Lakes (6 miles round trip)
- Lafayette Passage Paddling Trail (7.8 miles round trip)
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- Franklin County Sheriff: 850-670-8500
- Wakulla County Sheriff: 850-926-0800
- Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission Hotline: 1-888-404-3922
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