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Lofton Creek

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TRAIL DESCRIPTION

Length: North trail –4 miles round trip, South trail – 3 miles round trip

Put in/take out: Melton Nelson Boat Ramp on A1A in Yulee.
From Jacksonville: North on I-95 to exit 373 (Callahan/Fernandina Beach/A1A). East on A1A/SR 200 toward Yulee, about 4 miles, the boat ramp is on right.
From Amelia Island: west on A1A/SR200, boat ramp is 5.5 miles past ICWW bridge on left. Launch is concrete ramp. No fee. No restrooms, food, water, or phone.

Route: North route – Right from launch. The north section of creek is narrower and may have fallen trees blocking trail. About 1.5 miles on left, Pages Dairy Rd comes close to water, and is the only place where paddlers can get out for a stretch. Paddle another 0.5 mile to an old cypress tree on the right that is at least 6 feet in diameter. This is the turn-around point.
South route - Left from boat launch. This section of creek is wider with development on the east bank. There are no good places to stop on this route. About 1.5 miles from ramp are power lines overhead and shoreline vegetation shows a gradual transition to salt marsh habitat. Creek continues on about another 10 miles where it meets the Nassau River. Turn around at any point.

Highlights: This is a black water creek with a tidal change of 1-1.5 feet. Cypress, sweet gum and other trees line the banks and give good protection from wind and sun. Alligators are occasionally seen, as well as raptors, otters and herons. There is always something blooming; pickerel weed, mallow and wild azaleas decorate the water’s edge. This is the place to go in the fall to see color on the trees.