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Kayak? Canoe?

Everglades Area Tours - Enjoy a guided boat tour in the 10,000 Islands; Experience kayak fishing in the Everglades National Park backcountry; Canoe through magnificent mangrove tunnels; Enjoy a guided bicycle tour amongst old-growth cypress hammocks; Catch tarpon and snook on a guided fishing trip; Hike into the prairies, wetlands and sloughs to find rare orchids; Take a guided birding trip; or over fly the entire area in a float plane.

As I came to another turn in the river, a slight movement caught my eye. There, on a bank less than 10 yards, away lay an alligator - but not for long. Before I could even think about dropping my paddle to grab my camera, the 12-foot long primeval-looking reptile slid off the bank and disappeared under the water, leaving a trail of air bubbles - and leaving me to wonder how I might have fared if he'd been trying to attack me instead of trying to escape.

I was to see several more alligators that day, during a long day's paddle down central Florida's Econlockhatchee River, through a portion of the Little Big Econ State Forest. The river is located less than an hour's drive from Orlando. This state forest is significant historically as it contains the first means of crossing the Econlockhatchee River: The Old SR 13 railway and trestle was part of the Flagler Railroad System during the early 1900's. Today, it is part of the Florida National Scenic Trail and hikers use the old trestle to cross the river.

A variety of wildlife species live there, including gray fox, river otters, white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bobcats, waterfowl, wading birds and more »

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