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North Florida has some of the most natural paddling trails in the State, with many springs. By kayak or canoe, here are some of the best. The iconic Suwanee River offers miles of paddling, a favorite (at normal water levels) for multiday canoe-camping trips. Juniper Springs Run is often mentioned on short lists of America's best paddling trails, but not one we would recommend for beginners. Once one of Florida's most popular roadside attractions (pre-Disney), Silver Springs is now a State Park, entirely open to paddlers. Cedar Key is one of our favorite places in all of Florida, some say "like Key West 75 years ago."

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North Florida Region... 16 Destination Reports

Big Bend Saltwater Padding Trail Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail... 105 miles along the Gulf of Mexico, most is natural coastal wetlands. (view details...)

Bulow Creek Bulow Creek... At Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic Park. Rentals available (view details...)

Cedar Key Cedar Key... A step back into old Florida. Paddle, bike, explore, enjoy. Rentals available (view details...)

Ichetucknee River Ichetucknee River... Short but beautiful paddling run, fed by 9 springs. Rentals available (view details...)

Juniper Springs Run Juniper Springs Run... Named as one of the Top 25 paddling trails in USA. Rentals available (view details...)

Ocklawaha River Ocklawaha River... Fed by the Silver River, forms boundary of Ocala National Forest. Rentals available (view details...)

Otter Creek Otter Creek, via Waccasassa... flows through remote forestry area into Waccasassa. (view details...)

Pellicer Creek Pellicer Creek... Brackish, salt water paddling near St Augustine FL (view details...)

Potano Trail Potano Paddling Trail... Near Gainesville, water levels are key (view details...)

Salt Springs Run Salt Springs Run... In Ocala National Forest. Wide, slow, birds, side creeks. Rentals available (view details...)

Santa Fe River Santa Fe River... Fed by over 35 springs, at one point goes underground. Rentals available (view details...)

Silver River Silver River... Formed by Silver Springs, one of Florida's first tourist attractions, now a Florida State Park. Rentals available (view details...)

Steinhatchee River Steinhatchee River... Fresh to salt. Goes underground, includes a waterfall. Rentals available (view details...)

Suwannee River Suwannee River - Overview... Visiting the river from Georgia to Gulf of Mexico, including 30 launches. Rentals available (view details...)

Suwannee River Suwannee River - Upper... Okefenokee NWR, Georgia, to White Springs, FL, fun with small kayaks. Rentals available (view details...)

Suwannee River Suwannee River - Middle... White Springs to Branford: historic sites, State parks, most popular for paddling. Rentals available (view details...)

Suwannee River Suwannee River - Lower... Branford to the Gulf of Mexico, becomes tidal, with more motorboats. Rentals available (view details...)

Waccasassa River Waccasassa River, Wekiva River, Otter Creek - Overview... Wild and scenic, all are accessed from the same launch. (view details...)

Waccasassa River Waccasassa River... From a spring-fed freshwater forest stream to the Waccasassa Bay State Preserve on the Gulf of Mexico. (view details...)

Wekiva River, Levy County Wekiva River, via Waccasassa... Small spring-fed "river," same name as its big cousin in East Central FL (view details...)

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