Length: 6 miles round trip
Put in/take out: Thomas Creek Preserve.
From Jacksonville: North on I-295 to Exit 32 for Lem Turner /State Road 115. North on Lem Turner approximately 5 miles. Right (east) on Lannie Road (traffic light). Travel approximately 3 miles and turn left (north) onto Ethel Road. Ethel Road goes through the Montgomery Correctional Center and ends at the launch site.
From Amelia Island: west on A1A/SR200 to SR 301 in Callahan. Turn left (south) on SR 301 and travel approximately 0.1 mile and turn left (south) onto SR115/Lem Turner. Travel approximately 4 miles to Lannie Road (traffic light). Left (east) on Lannie Road. Travel approximately 3 miles and turn left (north) onto Ethel Road. Ethel Road goes through the Montgomery Correctional Center and ends at the launch site. There are no fees to use the launch site, which contains both a paved ramp and the creek shoreline. There are no restrooms or trashcans.
Route: Upstream (left from the boat ramp). This is a narrow and winding creek with overhanging trees. Take the first fork to the right after launching to eliminate an oxbow route. The oxbow adds about 1/3 mile. There is a small landing where a dirt road comes in from the right bank (Nassau County side) about 2 miles from the start. This is the only spot to get out of
your kayak. Paddle up the creek approximately 3 miles until it becomes too narrow and brush clogged to proceed.
Highlights: A scenic black-water creek that flows through an undisturbed freshwater hardwood swamp area with opportunity for many sightings of wildlife. This swamp has cypress, bays, oaks, maples, and spectacular native Florida azaleas that bloom in early spring. Due to the narrowness of the creek, fallen trees may block or partially block the route.
Trail extensions: Downstream, the creek widens slightly and becomes dominated by vegetation more associated with salt water. Due to lack of exit options, you will need to make a round trip back to your starting point.