Juniper Creek... Paddling Florida's Panhandle
Juniper Creek is another paddling destination near Milton, FL (along with the Blackwater River and Coldwater Creek). The scenic 6-mile Florida designated trail is a pleasant paddle, with a moderate 2-3 mph current, tea-colored water, mostly sandy bottom, and no obstructions - good for beginner paddlers (not to be confused with Juniper Run in the Ocala National Forest for the more experienced). (Detailed map and photos below)
The launches are located at the side of the road next to the bridges with no facilities - at Red Rock Road is a wide beach and easy launch, at Indian Ford the launch is a little steeper with some erosion but still very manageable. Though there are outfitters nearby, we could locate none who provided a shuttle, so either begin and end from the same launch, or use two cars to shuttle.
The creek has areas with banks 5 or 10 feet high, and many sandbars for stretching or picnicking; camping is allowed. The Florida Trail parallels the creek and hikers may be seen. The hardwood forest includes pine, juniper, cypress and magnolia. Wildlife include birds, deer, fish and turtles; there also have been reports of bear, otter and bobcats, but other than some birds and small fish we saw no wildlife on this trip.
More information on paddling on Juniper Creek (opens in a new window):
Paddling in Florida - Kayak, Canoe