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Blueway and Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area

Apalachicola River Blueway Maps
The Apalachicola River Blueway is a guide for paddlers and other boaters.The Blueway maps, created by Florida Greenways and Trails, feature access points, campsites, points of interest, and amenities. Use them in combination with the Blueway Guide when planning a paddling trip.

Apalachicola River Blueway
This map provides a high-level view of the entire Blueway.
 
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Apalachicola River Blueway: Lake Seminole to Blue Spring Run
(8 miles)
 
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Apalachicola River Blueway: Blue Spring Run to Alum Bluff
(14 miles)
 
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Apalachicola River Blueway: Alum Bluff to Estiffanugla
(21 miles)
 
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Apalachicola River Blueway: Estiffanugla to Dead Lakes
(22 miles to Chipola Cutoff)
(25 miles to Dead Lakes Sportsman's Lodge)
 
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Apalachicola River Blueway: Dead Lakes to Owl Creek
(19 miles to mouth of Owl Creek)
(20.5 miles to Hickory Landing Campground)
 
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Apalachicola River Blueway: Owl Creek to Humphreys Slough
(9 miles from mouth of Owl Creek to mouth of Humphreys Slough)
 
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Apalachicola River Blueway: Humphreys Slough to Apalachicola
(13 miles)
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area
Paddling Trail System


The Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA) is part of a vast ecosystem that begins hundreds of miles away in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia. The 86,140-acre Apalachicola River WEA contains the largest expanse of floodplain forest in Florida. The floodplain forest of the lower Apalachicola River protects, feeds, and nurtures Apalachicola Bay.

The WEA Paddling Trail System was developed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Office of Recreation Services. It features approximately 100 miles of scenic waterways accessible to boaters, canoeists and kayakers with all levels of experience.   The shortest trails are 2 miles long, while others are 4 to 16 miles and offer pleasant half- or full-day paddling trips.  Paddlers, anglers and birders can explore the quiet, calm creeks meandering through cypress-tupelo swamps or enjoy vistas of the open bay and salt marsh. 

Those who wish a more extended backcountry experience can combine trails to create two- or three-day trips.  Suggested primitive campsites are shown on the FWC trail maps available below in PDF format.  No fees or permits are required.

This paddling trail system was also named one of the 12 most recommended water trails in the United States for 2006 by The American Canoe Association and Paddler magazine.


Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 1- Graham Creek and East River
Graham Creek is a black water creek that flows through stands of tupelo and gnarled cypress trees. A good route for birding. Click on the pdf icon to download the trial map and directions.
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 2 - Thank You Ma'am Creek
Easy round trip excursion on a beautiful secluded creek. Beautiful wild flowers in spring and fall. Click on the pdf icon to download the trial map and directions.
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 3 - Gardner Landing, Thank You Ma'am Creek, Montgomery Slough Saltwater Creek, Whiskey George Creek, Cash Creek
This multi-day route traverses a variety of habitats including hardwood hammocks, cypress swamp, and salt marshes.
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 4 - Graham Creek to Butcher Pen Landing
Easy overnight paddle on secluded creeks through cypress swamp, hardwood hammocks. Good route for birding.
 
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Field Trips: Hiking

Kayaker Paddler on Owl Creek: Photo by Earl Morrogh

Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 5 - 6: Caesar Creek & Gardner Landing to Fanny Lake
Easy round trip paddle on beautiful meandering Caesar creek. Good birding opportunities and wild flowers. Easy round trip paddle from Gardner Landing to secluded small cypress-ringed pond.
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 7 - Cash Creek
Beautiful round trip paddle on saltmarsh creek and bayou with good opportunities to see osprey and eagle.

 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 8- Whiskey George and Cash Bayou
Whiskey George is a beautiful tannic creek originating in Tate's Hell State Forest. It meanders through pine flatlands and salt marshes to East Bay. Good birding route.
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 9 - Doyle Creek (7 mile round trip)
Beautiful meandering creek that is best done in a small kayak or canoe due to tight curves. Look for osprey and eagle.
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 10 - Grassy Creek and Acorn Lake
Grassy Creek is a beautiful round trip paddle into pristine hardwood swamp with spectacular flowers blooming in spring. Acorn Creek winds through salt marsh and southern branch ends at small lake.
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: Trip 11 - Sand Beach Loop Trail
This trail covers a variety of habitats from salt marsh to hardwood hammocks and pristine tidal creeks.
 
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Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Paddling Trail System: MAP of ENTIRE WEA
One of the best ways to explore this land and water immortalized in the film Ulee's Gold is by canoe or kayak. Here you can fish for largemouth bass, catfish, striped bass, and bream, and hunt dove, quail, squirrel, white-tailed deer, turkey, and waterfowl. Enjoy the spring and fall wildflowers, some rare, some common, and the abundant resident and migratory birds.
 
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View Larger Map of WEA put-in and take-out points.