Paddling Adventures

Volusia County is fortunate to have many opportunities for paddling trails on and around the St. Johns River.   The Hontoon Dead River Paddling Trail is part of the St. Johns American Heritage River Project and is a 10-mile trail that travels along the St. Johns River and around Hontoon Island.  Paddlers may follow the Hontoon Dead River or Snake Creek.

There are two points to launch your craft and enjoy this beautiful paddling trail – French Avenue off U.S. 17/92 and the Hontoon Island State Park boat ramp near the end of Hontoon Road off Old New York Avenue. When the final phase of our new park at Lake Beresford is completed, there will be a third launching site in the park.

The Bartram Trail provide several opportunities to explore the waterways that were traveled by William Bartram in the late 1700’s.

Central Florida Nature Adventures offers guided kayak eco-tours on some of West Volusia’s most pristine waterways. Experience all the treasures of “Old Florida” that the historic St. Johns River has to offer. It’s a great place for birding, wildlife viewing, relaxing on the lazy river and paddling with the manatees. All necessary equipment is provided for you to have a relaxing trip. All tours are booked by reservation and West Volusia tours depart from Orange City and DeLand.

Central Florida Nature Adventures