7 Amazing Parks for Paddling


MyCanoe, built with a foldable, portable origami design, makes canoe outing easier than ever before. Which means now just might be the time to finally make the trip you’ve been dreaming of! If you’re still looking for a bit of inspiration, consider learning more about these 7 unique and awe-inspiring locations for paddling. 

  1. Big Bend National Park, Texas. Located on the southeastern fringe of the vast and desolate Chihuahuan desert, Big Bend National Park is located along the northern shores of the Rio Grande--a river that offers a diverse array of beautiful paddling stretches suited for adventurers of all skill and experience levels. As you travel down these storied waters, you will have the opportunity to see a majestic collection of rugged mesas, buttes, and canyons. Many of these formations are over 100 million years old, adding to the mystery and allure.
  2. Olympic National Park, Washington. Northwestern wilderness at its finest. Olympic National Park offers stunning mountain scenery, unadulterated wildlife, and class II through IV rapids in the heart of the Elwha river.
  3. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, Maryland. Formally granted protection in 2013, this 11,000+ acre parkland encompasses paths and waterways used by escaping slaves during the days of Tubman. Nowadays, the peaceful nature and historical significance of the Choptank river attracts paddlers from all walks of life.
  4. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota. Featuring 30 lakes of distinct sizes, as well as numerous connecting waterways and untouched islands, this remote park near the Canadian border is undoubtedly a paddler’s dream. Once used by 19th century French traders, these waterways now play host to a small yet lucky number of canoers and kayakers--and the park even offers guided tours in traditional north canoes, the boats used by those pioneers themselves.
  5. Everglades National Park, Florida. An enormous wetlands reserve covering a large portion of southern Florida, this park has actually been compared to one massive, slow moving river--and features virtually endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. The everglades are also home to one of the nation’s most diverse and unique biosystems, and features flora, fauna, and wildlife that is sure to impress.
  6. Point Reyes National Seashore, California. Located just north of San Francisco (yet stretching for nearly 50 more miles northward) this seaside park allows canoers and kayakers to explore its inlets--and maybe even witness the amazing diversity of marine wildlife that inhabits them.
  7. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. The Grand Canyon is perhaps the best-known national park in the United States, but frankly, it has earned that reputation. A truly stunning testament to the power of nature and the allure of natural beauty, the grand canyon makes for an unforgettable experience each and every time--and canoeing down the waterway whose erosion created the masterpiece is arguably the best way to experience it. 

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