Location: Econfina Creek, FL
Access Point: 30.438934,-85.5453016
Length: 7 miles, 3 – 4 hours
What is it about crystal clear cold spring water in the heat of summer that heals the soul? I am not sure. However, Econfina Creek, FL is one of those places. One of those places that heals the soul after a busy week of work and relentless summer temperatures. The ice-cold water bubbling up from the depths of earth seemed to wash away the stresses of life and made everything seem just fine! Thanks to the great folks at Econfina Creek Canoe Livery and their shuttle services, the seven miles of “coasting down hill” was just what the doctor ordered!
Over the past few months of studying and reading travel blogs, I have to say that I have become a little disappointed. That is to say, after reading the life and times of exotic world travelers and their seemingly never-ending travel funds, I decided that there may not be many people who want to read about a small family and their small time travels. I can’t imagine that those spending thousands on flights and hotels across the world would have any interest in someone who discovers places near home on a budget of a tank of gas and a few breakfast tacos on the way out-of-town. However, after a day on Econfina Creek, I am happy that many people want to explore far away places and leave the nearby places for us more simple folks. That is, for us that need a place to take a break, a place to be close to our families, make a few new friends, and discover how amazing our country truly is.
“How do you find such great places?” asked one family. The answer… asks the locals! Econfina Creek is a local gem! Just north of Panama City and south of Dothan, AL. The creek is cold and clear with several beautiful springs that feed the creek. There are plenty of rope swings and diving places if that is your thing, or if you are like us, just floating and listening to the birds with an occasional stop to swim and lunch was perfect.
From the access point at Econfina Creek Canoe Livery, to the bridge at the 388, Econfina Creek meanders for seven easy miles of paddling. A few tight turns with eddies, and a few submerged trees kept the trail interesting. There are very few places to pull off the creek that are not posted closed or private property. However, if you keep your eyes open, you’ll find a few shady areas for a break and for some lunch. Do not miss Pitt Spring! After you leave the access point, you will find Pitt spring on the right. Bring some rope and dock the kayaks and take the walk into this healing pool. A great place to picnic and swim, it is a must visit on this float trip. You will meet all kinds of characters at this location; mostly locals kick’n back and taking a breather, grilling a burger and spending time with those they care for the most, their family and friends.
For those of you out there with a budget like mine that honestly may never get to travel Europe, or visit the exotic beaches of the world, take a look in your own backyard. You may be amazed at what you find! If you are wanting to visit another spring after this, check out our post on Holmes Creek.
Safe Travels, Troy