The Wacissa River Prehistoric Trail for Canoes & Kayaks

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All winter I have been cooped up unable to go kayaking. As an avid river rat I am so glad that it is starting to warm up a bit and the sun is poking out from behind all the rain clouds! You may recall an earlier post when I went out

The front of the trail guide brochure.

with a group of boy scouts to a site only accessible by boat. It was a wonderful project, but perhaps a little on the chilly side for paddling. Well, just in time for the warmer weather the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources has has created at Prehistoric Paddling Trail along the Wacissa River, which is located in Jefferson County, Florida. I don’t know about you, but I am very excited about this! I love it when two of my favorite things – kayaking and archaeology – can be combined into a day long outing!

You can pick up your very own copy of the trail guide brochure at the Bureau of Archaeological Research or at the FPAN North Central Office. They are also available at the TCC Wakulla Center, located in Crawfordville. The brochure was funded in part, through a grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program, and by a grant provided by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.  This brochure is awesome, it is even printed on water resistant paper, so you can taking it along with you on your paddling trip!  It is a 15 mile trail, beginning at the springhead of the Wacissa River. There is also the possibility of making it a 10 mile trip and exiting the river at a place called Goose Pasture. Otherwise, you can take the whole trail to the end at Nutall Rise Landing. To get all the details you will need to pick up a copy of the trail guide.

Barbara Hines, FPAN Outreach Coordinator and Shovel Bytes author, on the Wacissa.

The Wacissa is a beautiful meandering river that will take you through some of the most significant arcdhaeological zones in North Florida.  Beginning in about 500 BC, the Wacissa and the Aucilla Rivers mark the boundary between the Northwest Florida and North Peninsular Gulf Coast archaeological culture areas.  People have been inhabiting this area for over 12,00 years! That is amazing when you think about it! This area provided them with an abundance of resources that can be found around the river and along the shallow coastal waters and shoreline. Need I say more? Really, if you like to  paddle and want to learn more about the archaeology and history of this area, well, you need to pick up your Wacissa River Prehistoric Trail for Canoes and Kayaks brochure today! Then load up your kayak or canoe, grab some friends and get paddling!

Creeks, Conquistadors, and Confederates: Archaeology of the Big Bend Lecture Series for Florida Archaeology Month 2012

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It is that time again! Florida Archaeology Month is upon us! This year’s theme is “Destination: Civil War! This is very exciting since the start of the 150th Commemoration of the Civil War starts this year. FPAN has a ton of awesome events lined up around the state, as do other organizations as well. To find out what is going on near you visit your local FPAN website AND check out the new Florida Archaeology Month website! This year the North Central Regional Center has teamed up the Tallahassee Community College Wakulla Center to offer a free series of lectures to highlight different archaeological topics for the Big Bend region! All lectures will be held on the dates listed below at the TCC Wakulla Center located at 5 Crescent Way in Crawfordville. All the lectures will start at 6:30 pm and last approximately an hour. They are all free and everyone is welcome! Also, be sure to check out all of our other events this month, including the reenactment at Natural Bridge! So, without further ado, below is the information about the speakers and dates for the “Creeks, Conquistadors, and Confederates: Archaeology of the Big Bend” lecture series. Trust me, you will not want to miss a single one!