Whether you prefer slow-paced, easy-going padding or turbulent rapids that offer an extreme rush, there is a little bit of something for everyone out in the wonderful world. For the most part, you won't have to look far to find somewhere to go canoeing or kayaking, but if you're looking for the ultimate experience, here are a few places in the United States that you may want to check out sooner rather than later:
1. Cumberland Island in Georgia
Cumberland Island is located directly off the coast of Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean and is the state's largest barrier island in the south. It is actually one of the largest maritime forests that still remains here in the United States. If you're looking for a tranquil excursion in marshy waters, this is definitely the place to go. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the beautiful animals that call this area home, including sea turtles, dolphins, shorebirds, wood storks, and wild horses.
2. Juniper Run in Florida's Ocala National Forest
At Juniper Run, there are seven miles of beautiful crystal clear waters that are surrounding by exceptional lush landscape. The waterway winds back and forth over the course of the seven-mile journey during which time you can enjoy the tranquil waters and the stunning old forest. ReserveAmerica even names this area in the top 25 places to go canoeing in America. If you want serenity and to feel like you've stepped back in time, Juniper Run is the place to drift downstream and immerse yourself in your surroundings.
3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan
Located off the shore of Lake Superior, the Pictured Rocks is one of the most beautiful places you can go to kayak and canoe. The lakeshore hugs the shoreline of Lake Superior for over 40 miles. As you float through the crystal clear, deep, cold waters of Lake Superior, you will have your breath taken away with the views of the orange- and red-tinted sandstone cliffs towering above you. You can paddle past arches, caves, and other natural formations from the water over the years and listen to the waves crash beautifully up against the cliffs and rocks. If you're looking for a more adventurous journey with cold temperatures, fog, high winds and rough seas that can occur at any given time even without warning, then the Pictured Rocks is your ultimate kayaking destination.
These areas are very picturesque, but they also give you plenty of exhilarating and memorable experiences in the water. Don't forget your kayak or canoe paddle, gaiters, flashlights and other accessories that you'll need to have the best time possible.