Explore Nature in its Pristine State
Kayak Pellicer Creek
Just south of Jacksonville, nestled between the Faver-Dykes State Park and Princess Preserve is Pellicer Creek, a pristine waterway that glides through miles of primeval pine forests that is home to more than 100 species of birds. Starting from the east end of the paddling trail, you will head out from the kayak launch at Princess Place Preserve, a natural park that is made up of 1,500 acres of scenic bliss. The placement of this trail makes just getting to the water an adventure in itself, as the land surrounding the stream is filled with hiking trails, salt marshes and even an equestrian campsite.
Kayaking Pellicer Creek
The water of Pellicer creek is calm, which makes it a great excursion for the recreational kayaker. Taking to the water with camera in hand, you can glide through the water and get lost in time. With the exception of a few bridges that allow cars to pass over parts of the creek, the entire preserve has an essence of being untouched by man. It is not hard to take in nature at its purist as you watch birds fly overhead or splash in the water alongside you.
Out of the many kayaking tours in Jacksonville, heading to Pellicer Creek is one of the best ways to really get in touch with nature in its most unspoiled state. The stream is home to colorful warblers, eagles, falcons, herons, egrets and wood storks, so bring your camera! Alligators are also known to sun bathe along the banks of the creek, but the stillness of the water can let you pass them in peace.
While exploring Pellicer Creek and the surrounding land, you may also come across:
- River Otters
History of Pellicer Creek
The 1,500 acre preserve surrounding Pellicer Creek was purchased by Henry Cutting back in 1886. Cherokee Grove, as the preserve was once known, was re-named Princess Place after the late Mr. Cutting’s widow, who was re-married to an exiled Russian Prince. Angela Mills Cutting Wordon took the title of Princess after her second marriage, and the park has been named in her favor ever since.
Deep within Princess Place is the original lodge that was built by Henry Cutting. As it stands, it is the oldest intact structure in all of Flagler County. Prior to Henry Cutting, the land was owned by Francisco Pellicer, who the creek remains to be named after now. Pellicer purchased the land in 1788, where he then built a plantation that grew sugar cane, corn and cotton.
As you kayak through Pellicer Creek the history of the stream is front and center, making it easy to become lost in the splendor surrounding you. Whether you are looking for an exciting excursion bringing you face to face with wildlife or a blissful paddle down the river, Pellicer Creek has a lot to offer.