Summary: This paddle begins at the Sleepy Hollow launch area at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Sleepy Hollow Drive. A nice, relaxing paddle, you will traverse salt marshes and Spartina (cord) grass and may see a lot of heron and egrets. When you reach the channel, you may see dolphin. During the warmer months, manatee also may be near the channel.
This route is recommended for advanced paddlers because of distance. On the return trip, paddlers are in the main part of Halifax River with power boat traffic. Avoid the channel and stay close to the islands until you reach the wetlands at the end of the tour.
Directions: From the launch, paddle north toward the three bridges at Spruce Creek. Follow U.S. 1 along the east side, paddling north. After the third bridge, cut into a small creek and follow the salt marsh toward Rose Bay. When you enter the bay, go east to see the entrance to Twelve Mile Creek. Paddle along the winding creek to the Halifax River.
Paddle south on the river and bear right into the Intracoastal Waterway. Travel a short distance and turn right, then left into the creek that will return you to the Sleepy Hollow launch area.