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3 Great Kayak Trips in Northeast Florida: Something for Everyone!

Florida is a beautiful place to be on the water. And, in Florida, there’s plenty of water! Kayaking in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia offers some of the most striking scenery and abundant wildlife available to paddlers anywhere. With the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), tidal estuaries, Black water creeks and a variety of lowlands and swamps, Northeast Florida provides paddlers with practically every imaginable type of watery playground to paddle in.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular paddling trips Northeast Florida has to offer ordered from least to most difficult:

1.) Lofton Creek – Located in Yulee, Florida just under 5-miles from I-95 on A-1A, Lofton Creek is a Black Water Creek fed from swamps on the South side of the St. Marys River. Lofton Creek is full of fish (fresh and salt water species can often be caught in the same area as tidal influences from the Nassau River push brackish water up the creek), Alligators, Turtles, and a wide variety of birds. The creek is lined with Bald Cypress, Pines and Oak Trees, primarily and is filled with Pickerel Weed and Spider Lilies, among other aquatic plants. The current in this creek reverses with the tide, but is very mild and kayaks have no trouble going in either direction when paddling north of the A-1A Bridge. Put-in at the Melton O. Nelson boat ramp on A-1A and go right, paddling north until you first reach a train trestle, then the Page’s Dairy Farm Rd. Bridge – which marks the turnaround point for most commercial outfitters and makes the round trip approximately an hour-and-a-half to two-hours.

2.) St. Marys River The St. Marys River represents the Florida-Georgia State Line for essentially its entire length as it leaves the Okefenokee Swamp heading South before briefly turning East and then North again until reaching Folkston, Georgia and turning East on its journey to the Atlantic Ocean. At its head, you can almost step across this river; but 120-miles downstream, the St. Marys River is approximately a half-mile wide as it empties into the Cumberland Sound. There are several put-in’s along the St. Marys, and each one gives paddlers access to what seem to be completely different rivers. The lower-third of the river is influenced by tides which change directions every six-hours. As the river widens and you enter the marsh, tidal currents and winds can create difficult-to-treacherous paddling conditions, so check with local experts for information on tides, winds and weather. Wildlife frequently encountered in the St. Marys includes: Alligators; Manatees; Dolphins; Loggerhead Sea Turtles; Manta Rays; and all of the larger coastal birds among many, many others.

3.) Egan’s CreekLocated on Amelia Island, Egan’s Creek is a tidal marsh creek that flows along the boundary of Ft. Clinch State Park before entering the Amelia River on its way into the Cumberland Sound. As such, you can see the entire range of marine life common to Northeast Florida as well as the many large coastal birds this area is known for – including the Roseate Spoonbill. Put -in at Egan’s Creek Park (at High Tide!) on Atlantic Avenue (A-1A) and either paddle straight down the main part of the creek, or follow the roadway over to the tree line at Ft. Clinch State Park and then follow the tree line to any of the first 5-left turns you can take back through the marsh and into the main body of the creek. Once back in the main part of the creek, turn right and continue to the take-out at the 14th Street Bridge (on the left before the bridge), or continue under the bridge and into the Amelia River following the outgoing tide to the right until reaching the Bartles Boat Ramp – approximately 2.75-miles if you stick to the main body of the creek and 3.5-miles if you follow the tree line. To avoid the turbulent confluence, swifter current and boat traffic at the Amelia River and Bartles Boat Ramp, take out before you go under the bridge. Taking out at the bridge shortens the trip by about.8-miles. Be careful regardless of which take-out you use, as currents are swift and there are many obstructions in the water.

Inspire Budding Artists With a School Trip to Provence

For budding young artists, a school trip can be an eye-opening experience. It brings them into contact with new sights, scenes and ideas, and allows them to explore the artistic heritage of another part of the world while gathering inspiration for their own projects. One of the most inspiring places to do so is Provence, the region of southeastern France that, with its vivid landscapes and warm Mediterranean sunlight, has enticed artists across the centuries. Here are some of the places that promise to provide visiting students with a wealth of insight and inspiration.


A city full of fascinating history, Arles is most famous in the art world as the place that Vincent van Gogh made his home between 1888 and 1889 – the most prolific period of his life as a painter, during which he produced over 300 works. The appeal for an art-based school trip is undeniable, with scenes reminiscent of many of the legendary artist’s most iconic works visible throughout the streets, squares, and surrounding countryside – even the quality of light seems to echo the colours of his paintings. Most impressive of all is the painstakingly reconstructed bedroom of the house that Van Gogh lived and worked in, a visit to which offers a deeper appreciation of the artist’s world. Van Gogh’s legacy is not the only reason to visit Arles, however; Picasso also exhibited his works here, and a number of pieces by him can be seen at the Reattu Museum.


Another beautiful location with an important artistic history to visit on a school trip to Provence us Aix. Founded by the Romans in 123 BC, it has a long and eventful history, during which it was the medieval capital of Provence, and later an artistic and educational hub in the region. It was also the home city of Paul Cezanne, and the surrounding countryside features in many of his landscapes. There is much to see here, but two museums stand out: L’atelier Cezanne, which contains the artist’s preserved studio, and the Musee Granet, which contains the works of many celebrated artists including Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Picasso, and Van Gogh.


For a taste of classical splendour, there are plenty of places in Provence where ancient building and sculptures can be found, but one that stands out is Nimes. Students visiting on a school trip will be impressed by the Roman Amphitheatre, the best-preserved building of its kind in France, which dates from at least the second century if not earlier, and the Roman temple known as the Maison Caree. With its elegant gardens and striking architecture, Nimes is the perfect place for students to practice their drawing skills, so be sure to bring the sketchbooks.