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Aucilla River Canoe Trail

The Aucilla River Canoe Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of Greenways and Trails. The dark, coffee-colored waters of the Aucilla River swiftly course over shoals and the remains of two old rock dams. They make the trail a challenge, especially in low water, but they can be portaged. High limestone banks frame the trail, and the river flows through cypress-gum swamp. Wildlife you may see includes river otter, hawks and a variety of wading birds.

Major Activities: Paddling
Counties: Jefferson, Madison, Taylor
Mileage: 19
Skill Level: Intermediate to technical
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous
Usual Current: Swift (3+ mph)

Notes and Precautions
This river is not recommended for inexperienced paddlers. Rapids become more numerous and hazardous in low water.

Access

  1. US 27 Bridge – One-mile southeast of Lamont.
  2. CR 257 Bridge – 7.5 miles southwest of Lamont. (13 miles)
  3. Logging Road – Take SR 257/14 south from Lamont over bridge on the Aucilla. Turn west just before Cabbage Grove Fire Tower. Continue .75 mile around first bend to the left and turn onto dirt (logging) road on the right. Follow this road 2.5 miles to its end. A trail to the right leads to landing. (6 miles)

There may be access points (both public and private) in addition to those listed here. Please remember that some sites require a fee for launching and/or parking.