Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (CT) adventure update.
Scott completed paddling the CT on February 19th, 2017 landing at Ft. Clinch State Park on the Florida – Georgia border. Statistics include 1,562 miles, 94 paddling days, 19 no paddle days and an average paddle day of 16.6 miles with the shortest being four miles and the longest being 34 miles.
As noted below, the original plan was to paddle the GA coast as well. This section will be saved for a future paddle adventure. Please feel free to check out the Paddle Posts for this trip and stay tuned for additional paddling adventures that are in the planning stages.
On October 30th, 2016 Scott started paddling the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail (CT). The put-in was at Perdido Key which straddles the Alabama – Florida border. The west end of the CT officially starts at Big Lagoon State Park. The route will encompass paddling around the entire Florida peninsula and Keys. The CT is officially 1515 miles long and is broken up into 26 segments. It starts by crossing the Florida Panhandle then going down the west coast covering some of the most scenic paddling routes in the country. Crossing the Everglades National Park and moving into the Florida Keys with a stop at Key West will mark the southern most section. After the south bound leg of the paddle, the route will follow the east coast headed north to Fort Clinch State Park on the Florida – Georgia border. Most of the east coast paddling will be done on the Intercoastal Waterway. Total mileage will depend on the amount of side trips and exploring completed during the course of the paddle. Scott’s current plan, subject to change, has him covering 1882 miles by the time he reaches the Georgia border. After reaching Georgia, Scott will add almost 200 more miles exploring the Georgia coast on his way to Tybee Island.
So why the website and blog? There are a handful of other paddlers that have completed the entire Florida CT and have published web sites supporting and covering their adventures. These sites have been extremely helpful in planning Scott’s CT paddle. Passing on the “tradition” of sharing the adventure for future paddlers and interested individuals is in order.
This site will also make a great platform for keeping friends and family members posted on how things are going and where Scott is, at any given time during the paddle. Besides all of that, it should just be a lot of fun.