Length: 3.5 miles (one way-shuttle required)
Put in: Long Island Outfitters - From Jacksonville: From I-95 or SR 9A, exit to Heckscher Dr/ SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly) and drive past Little Talbot Island State Park. 1/2 mile past entrance to the Park turn left at kayak/sign for Kayak Amelia.
From Amelia Island – South on A1A, over Nassau Sound Bridge, 4.5 miles on right at kayak/sign for Kayak Amelia. Fee: $1/person. Launch is gravel ramp and a floating dock at low tide. Phone, water, restroom, picnic shelter, cold drinks/snacks, and some supplies.
Take out: Alamacani Boat Ramp.
From Jacksonville –North on I-95 to SR 9A and exit to Heckscher Drive/SR 105. Follow northbound signs for Heckscher Drive (actual direction is easterly) and drive past Huguenot Park. Approximately ½ mile past the park, exit to right at the sign for the boat ramp before crossing the bridge.
From Amelia Island - South on A1A past Amelia Island Plantation toward Jacksonville, over Nassau Sound bridge, past Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks, over next bridge, go 2/10 mile and turn right at jug handle U-turn, head back towards bridge, exit right at boat ramp sign before bridge. No fee. Launch area is a sand/shell beach. Portable toilets, picnic shelter/grill, no water, no phone.
Route: Launch from Long Island Outfitters and paddle south on Simpson Creek. Where creek joins the Fort George River continue south (left). Alimacani boat ramp is on west shore near bridge.
Ride the tide: best on an outgoing tide (or reverse direction on incoming tide).
Highlights: Simpson Creek cuts between Big & Little Talbot Island State Parks. A salt marsh creek bordered by live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. There are a few side creeks that can be explored but be careful not to get stranded in the mud on a dropping tide. The eastern bank (Little Talbot Island) of the Fort George River is sandy and great for swimming. Weekend motorboat traffic can be busy in warmer weather. Simpson Creek is very shallow at low tide.