Distance: 5 miles
Level: Advanced paddlers
Summary: This paddle begins at the Sleepy Hollow launch area at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Sleepy Hollow Drive. The route is recommended for advanced paddlers because of inlet currents near the lighthouse. The route crosses the Ponce de Leon Cut and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The beginning portion of the paddle takes you through backwater stretches where you may see heron, egrets, dolphin, stingrays and other wildlife. When you reach the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, you will find public restrooms, a lighthouse gift shop, restaurants, and the Marine Science Center.
Directions: From the launch, go left and then right into the mangrove forest. This takes you to the entrance of Spruce Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway. Paddle right, then right again. Head south and cross over to the “cut.” Then make a left. Follow the short distance to the Halifax River. When safe, cross the river and follow the shoreline to the lighthouse and nearby launch area.
On the return track, go through the cut, make a left and head south. Cross over and into the mangrove forest. Follow the creek to the Sleepy Hollow launch area.
Launch GPS: N 29 04' 41.37" W 80 57' 10.44"