Kayaking the Econlockhatchee River: Day-Trip From Orlando
- Kayak under enormous live oaks, pine, palm and ancient cypress trees
- Explore the Little-Big Econ State Forest
- Experience an amazing variety of wildlife just outside of Orlando
Come kayak the eight miles through the mysterious, moss covered cypress forest of the Little-Big Econ State Forest. Escaping the uncontrolled growth that dominates Orange and Seminole Counties, this state forest features a widening, lazy river where wildlife abounds. On past tours visitors have encountered bald eagles, red shoulder hawks, heaps of large wading birds, river otters, and, of course, alligators. The high sandy banks shade kayakers with enormous live oaks, pine, palm, and ancient cypress trees.
Your catered lunch will be served picnic style at the Boy Scout Bridge on the Florida Trail.
- Bottled water
Prepare for the activity
Take the 408 east, merge onto 417 north heading towards Sanford. Exit at Red Bug Lake Road. Travel east on Red Bug Lake crossing 426 and 434 (Red Bug Lake turns into Mitchell Hammock). When the road ends at a traffic light turn left onto Lockwood Rd. At your first light make a right onto Chuluota Road (419). The bridge is half a mile away. After crossing the bridge make an immediate left into the parking lot. You will see a large white van and a trailer full of boats.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Sun hat
- Alcohol and drugs
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, and sun screen).
Wear clothes that can get wet and possibly dirty.
Water proof camera.