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Pretty much any place with water is a great place to kayak. While I have always loved kayaking, I have been finding more kayaking opportunities lately.
Here are a few fun places to kayak in US, a couple of which really surprised me!
Many people think of Delaware as a section of I-95 during road trips between New York City and Florida. I wrote an article a few years ago about Surprising Delaware and a few months ago I spent another week there. Two fun kayaking excursions introduced me to some of the beautiful nature of Sussex county in Southern Delaware. Located within a two hour drive from Baltimore and Philadelphia, Southern Delaware is a peaceful, tranquil, and fun getaway from the big city.
One day we kayaked on Broad Creek with Delmarva Board Sport Adventures.
The second day we kayaked Nanticoke River with Adrenaline High Kayak Tours.
While I biked around Trap Pond State Park and did two pontoon boat tours, I would love to return there and kayak around the pond. Trap Pond has a kayak trail through the cypress forest, the northernmost appearance of bald cypress in the United States.
Sea Rim State Park, Port Arthur, Texas
Drive past an otherworldly Mad Max scene of oil refineries to find the remote Sea Rim State Park in Port Arthur Texas. Sea Rim has 5 miles of Gulf of Mexico shoreline but the 4,000 acres of marsh has nearly 10 miles of kayaking trails. Along the easiest trail we saw a couple of small alligators. The water depth is very shallow and we even got stuck in the first pond turnaround spot.
Later, we encountered (from afar) a gator sunning across a boardwalk hiking trail. We turned around.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Seeing dolphins playing in the water in front of us while putting on our life jackets let us know this would be a fun kayaking trip. WildNative Tours guided us around the Bon Secour river and Oyster Bay in Gulf Shores, Alabama. We did not see dolphins while kayaking but our guide showed us hidden estuaries, taught us local history and nature lessons, and we got close to pelicans and other sea birds.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Not only can you kayak at the U.S. National Whitewater Center but you can also whitewater raft, ride zip lines, traverse ropes courses, mountain bike, hike, rock climb, and more. A single day activity pass is only $59, providing access to all of those activities. That is such an incredible deal! Because of the consistent Class III whitewater, USNWC states “kayakers should be able to perform a reliable combat roll.”
Amelia Island, Florida
Staying at relaxed luxury resorts is not the only thing to do in Amelia Island Florida. Kayaking through gorgeous, natural, old Florida in Lofton Creek with Amelia Island Kayak Excursions is a lovely mild adventure. This is the kind of highway traffic I love to see on road trips!
Do you have suggestions for other places to kayak in US?