Behind the natural dunes and sandy beaches, you can explore a whole different side to our barrier islands. Miles of black water, brackish creeks and rivers, the Intracoastal Waterway and salt marshes provide some of the best paddling experiences on the coast.

Kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard your way through local creeks and rivers that offer unmatched opportunities to view the natural wonders and wildlife habitats of the area. Look around and you'll likely spot an osprey or eagle, or maybe even a fox squirrel or white-tailed deer.


When you're ready to plan your excursion, there are a number of expert adventure outfitters who can provide everything you need to explore the marshes and wetlands, including equipment, training and guide services. They can help you plan half- or whole-day adventures, set you up to explore black water or salt marshes, and let you in on expert insider tips for exploring the exciting world behind the beaches.

Each outfitter has its own unique offering, so be sure to check the listing below to plan the type of tour or adventure you are looking for. Find access points and launch sites so you can set your adventure into motion.

Download trail maps to help guide your adventure: