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Loxahatchee River Paddling Trail

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This swift and twisting river is worthy of its status as Florida's first National Wild and Scenic River. The coffee-colored stream meanders through an unspoiled subtropical river swamp where bald cypress, pond apple, orchids, and ferns line the shores. Trapper Nelson's cabin is a point of interest near the trail's terminus in Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Nelson was an intriguing and colorful fur trapper who came to the area in the 1930s and lived along the banks of the Loxahatchee. He made a living trapping and selling animals and built a rustic Florida homestead. He quickly became famous as the "Wildman of the Loxahatchee" and eventually ran a small wild animal exhibit for tourists. After his death in 1968, the state acquired his land, preserving his home and grounds for future generations to enjoy.

Due to its scenic and wilderness nature, the Loxahatchee is one of Florida's state-designated paddling trails.

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