Paddling Bulow Creek

Bulow Creek

Paddling Bulow Creek – photo by the author

The Bulow Creek canoe trail is approximately 6½ miles long with three access points and is suitable for beginning paddlers. It begins at Bulow Plantation State Park and winds through the marshes and flats to the Intracoastal Waterway near High Bridge Road. There are three access points on the trail plus an additional 3½ mile trip upstream from from the ramp at the state park. Most of the trip is natural scenery with plenty of photo opportunities. To learn more, download the trail guide.

Paddling De Leon Spring

Spring pavilion

Pavilion and spring at de Leon Springs. Photo by the author at Flickr.

De Leon Springs state recreation area – just off Highway 17 north of Deland, Florida – is the perfect place for a lazy paddle through native Florida. We recently spent a pleasant day enjoying the sights and sounds along the creek. Although we brought our own kayaks, the park offers kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals on site. You can rent by the hour, half-day or day. Continue reading


Bulow Plantation

Bulow Plantation Road

This narrow dirt road meanders more than a mile through the Florida scrub before it delivers you to the ruins of what was once Florida’s biggest sugar plantation. Destroyed by the Seminoles during Florida’s Indian Wars, Bulow Plantation is now a state park where visitors can walk through the ruins of the old sugar mill and paddle the creek enjoying Florida’s wild beauty.

Digital painting by the author.