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Spotlight: Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail

Spotlight: Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail

Your 800-mile paddling roadmap from the Chesapeake Bay to the Georgia-Florida border

Paddling Enjoy a day on the water with friends on the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail (NOAA)

What You’ll Find

The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail provides an unbroken trip through tidal marshes and rivers that stretches more than 800 miles. Along the trail, paddlers and canoeists pass through or along several national wildlife refuges, national historic sites, national seashores and national estuarine research reserves.

Getting There

Use this interactive map to plan your trip and locate trail access points.

Make Sure You

There are plenty of options for enjoying beautiful natural settings and even some historic sites. Here are some of the areas you will paddle through or along the trail:

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Try This

Feeling really adventurous? The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail provides a connection between two other regional trails. On the northern end of the trail, connect with the Captain John Smith Trail and on the southern end, connect with the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail

Don’t Forget

The trail provides a wide variety of opportunities to explore areas of natural, cultural and historical importance with many places to camp along the way. Stay for the night in Cape Point Campground or Okracoke Campground in Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Enjoy beach camping at Cape Lookout National Seashore or select between the reservable Great Island Cabin Camp or Long Point Cabin Camp. Explore the beauty of Cumberland Island National Seashore and then stay at Sea Camp Campground.

Get Started!

Visit the "Plan Your Trip" page and review this safety information to help you make the most of your experience.