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Itinerary:

Milton State Park - Loop Around the Islands

This is a great way to see Milton State Park and get some exercise, all in one afternoon. At 2 1/4 miles, this paddle trip can be done in less than 2 hours or you can spend the day gently floating through the shallows and enjoying the scenery.

Use the Milton State Park river access located on the eastern side below the rt 642 bridge. Start your workout by paddling upriver between the two land masses (Montgomery and Davis islands) and out around Montgomery Island. As you paddle, enjoy the cute houses on the hill in the quaint town of Milton. Rest for a minute in the stillness of the river before starting your way down the western side of the park. There are some rocks and riffles on far river right but staying close to the island will keep you in slowly moving shallow water. Passing under the west side of the 642 bridge marks the halfway point of this journey. Next you travel beneath an old railroad bridge and see the southern tip of the island coming up. Paddle back upriver towards the take out to complete your trip.

Water Safety

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Image Credit: Alex Chambers