The Loxahatchee River offers one of the best kayaking experiences in Florida. The river’s most popular trail runs for 8 miles from Riverbend Park in Jupiter to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
If you decide to kayak the entire stretch, you should plan for an all-day affair. The trip takes somewhere between five to six hours, depending on your speed. The route can often be narrow and twisting, with some areas creating an obstacle challenge with floating logs. The overhead canopy showcases the beautiful flora of the area, lining the trail with ferns, air plants, and cypress knees and trees. Along the voyage, there is a small whitewater section, two dams, and alligators, turtles, and birds.
An eight-mile kayaking trip is not the only option on Loxahatchee River; you can choose to do smaller trips for children or beginners. Kayaks and canoes are available for rental. Depending on the time of year, it may be wise to bring a rain poncho in case of rainfall. Most importantly, bring plenty of water and some food.
About the Author: William Barzee lives in Miami, Florida, where he enjoys kayaking.