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Paddle Florida's other National Wild and Scenic River

It's well-known that our very own Wekiva River is designated a National Wild and Scenic River, great for kayaking and canoeing. Just one other Florida river has such a designation: the Loxahatchee River, two hours south of Orlando. It's a river dark with tannin and lush with subtropical trees and vegetation, as well as two dams and lots of wildlife.

You can rent canoes or kayaks starting at $30 for a half-day at Canoe Outfitters of Florida in Jupiter just west of Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 95 off State Road 706 (aka Indiantown Road). But for the full experience and a 5- to 6-hour paddling workout, many pay a bit more and canoe or kayak to the forest cabin of the late Trapper Nelson, called the "Tarzan of the Loxahatchee River," and then to the takeout point at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, which has trails, river swimming, camping and the whimsically named Hobe Mountain, a sand dune that tops out at 86 feet above sea level, making it "Florida's highest natural point south of Lake Okeechobee."

At 4 p.m., Canoe Outfitters of Florida arrives to take you and the canoes and kayaks back to the start. Two hours later, you're back in Orlando.

 

 

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