Florida National Parks Centennial Paddle Challenge
Florida's eleven National Parks challenge YOU to get out get paddling and find your park!
Through 2016, the centennial year of the National Park Service, visit at least three of Florida's national parks and get out in a canoe, kayak or stand-up-paddleboard and paddle for 100 miles! Don't worry! You don't have to do all 100 miles at once! You'll have all year to get out and discover new places, and rediscover old favorites.Some parks may have rentals available, and some parks may offer guided paddling opportunities as well. Be sure to log your miles (download a convenient log sheet here) and take a selfie at each park. Don't forget to share your progress on social media using the hashtags #FLNPS100PaddleChallenge and #FindYourPark. When you reach 100 miles (or more!), stop into any of the national park visitor centers, show your log and your selfies, and you'll earn a specially-designed, one-of-a-kind iron-on patch to mark your achievement!
Here is a list of parks where you can log your miles:
A kayak or canoe can be a great way to explore the beauty of the Everglades. As you paddle you can look down through clear water at the diverse marine life that make the River of Grass their home. You can take a guided trip with a Ranger, rent a canoe or kayak from our concessioners or bring your own.
Extensive canoe and kayak trails run throughout the park that range in difficulty from advance to beginner. If you're a beginner you may want to opt for a guided program by rangers or an outfitter either out of Flamingo or the Gulf Coast. If you're an advance paddler there are great adventures from either coast. Check out our paddlling webpage for more details on your trail options.