Paddling Up a Creek in FloridaFlorida abounds with opportunities to experience nature. In fact, Florida boasts 112 State Parks, 4 State Forests, 20 National Wildlife Refuges and 1 National Seashore. Nearby New Smyrna Beach, there is a really nice public trail called Spruce Creek Paddling Trail. If you are a New Smyrna Beach visitor, nature lover, or exercise enthusiast, you may find yourself paddling up a creek in Florida!
Spruce Creek Paddling TrailPaddlers begin their journey from a wide brackish bay, but as you head north, the creek narrows and wide marshy expanses give way to shoreline trees. Historically, a large indigenous Native American habitation was nestled around the Spruce Creek basin. A prehistoric earthen works, the Spruce Creek Mound, is located on the creek. The site functioned as a major ceremonial and political center for the Timucua Indians. Lesser mounds are scattered throughout surrounding areas. Due to its scenic nature, Spruce Creek is one of Florida's state-designated paddling trails. This trail is rated as easy, and is 16 miles in length. There are a number of stops along the way according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection "Spruce Creek Paddling Guide"
Outfitters and Trail GuidesNearby outfitters offer all the watercraft equipment rental, instruction, and directions you would need. From canoes to fishing poles/bait, individual and group excursions, guided tours, eco tours, camps and bird watching. One of the local outfitters, Salty Dog Outfitters offers:
Whether you want to spend the day offshore fishing at one of the many abundant fishing locations available, or you, deep sea fishing, inshore fishing, or shark fishing we have you covered. We also offer activities like private dolphin tours bird watching, sight seeing, Tubing, and fish cleaning & cooking.Another local outfitter, Cracker Creek, offers eco tours and sunset tours among other excursions. The Florida Office of Greenways and Trails offers a list of nature trails all over the state. Check out the list and find yourself paddling up a creek in Florida!