Ochlockonee River State Park

The Ochlockonee River State Park is located near Sopchoppy, Florida, about 40 miles south of Tallahassee.  For this paddling trip, we launched from the boat ramp in the park and started down Tidal Creek.  We came out on the Ocklockonee River and did a quick paddle across to the other side.  From there we entered the Bear Creek Paddling Trail. Along Bear Creek, we saw osprey, large osprey nests up in the trees, blue heron, and many fish jumping out of the water.  The landscape had many trees covered in moss that were beautiful.  We had quite a bit of wind to contend with, especially once we reached the Ochlockonee River at the other end of Bear Creek.  It was a difficult paddle back to the boat ramp with the increased head wind.  Overall it was a great day of paddling!  There are two paddling trails to do in Ocklockonee River State Park, both being about 7 1/2 miles in length. We didn’t get a chance to really explore any of the other areas in the park.  Bear Creek Paddling Trail is an easy paddle and great for the beginner to the experienced.

Journey On,

Ochlockonee River State Park


Annette is a wife, mother, teacher, and travel partner. She loves traveling and exploring the outdoors with her husband and two kids. Annette has a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and has taught in various education settings. She is the creative force in the family with a passion for sewing, art projects, baking, and photography.

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