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Located southwest of Marianna on Florida's panhandle, Holmes Creek is part of the state's system of Greenways and Trails. The 16 mile canoe trail flows past several large springs and through both highlands and low-lying swamps.

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 Date: 11/18/2016
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 Date: 4/20/2012
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 Miles: 9.5Photos: 9 
(Holmes Creek @Hightower Spring) This section of Holmes Creek is part of the state designated paddling trail. It is designated Section 6 and Live Oak Landing is Section 7 and the end of the official paddling trail.

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 Date: 3/7/2010
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 Miles: 4Photos: 36 
(Cotton to Vernon Park) (Holmes Creek) Holmes Creek is a 16 mile canoe trail in Washington County that is part of the Greenways and Trails system. It begins in Alabama, and north of Vernon gets more water from two major springs, Cypress Springs, and Magnolia/Becton Springs.

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 Date: 12/17/2008
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 Miles: 6Photos: 11 
Holmes Creek is a 16 mile canoe trail in Washington County that is part of the Greenways and Trails system. It begins in Alabama, and north of Vernon gets more water from two major springs, Cypress Springs, and Magnolia/Becton Springs.

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 Date: 4/24/2008
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 Miles: 10Photos: 6 
A paddle downstream from the boat ramp in Vernon to the Hightower Springs Boat Ramp

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 Date: 12/18/2006
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 Miles: 7Photos: 8 
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Unknown on 4/23/2012 5:29pm

. It is spring fed so the water is cool, it has a nice canopy most of the way, there aren't a lot of houses along the bank, and it isn't too far to drive to get there



I agree, those factors are what makes a great location. I also thought you were testing a new paddle in the photo with branch in hand. Wink
admin on 3/10/2010 8:14pm
GPAX - Thanks for the trip report and good to see you on the water again. Man, I want to hang out with the lady that has all those Pennsylvania pretzels!
gpax on 12/21/2008 9:32am
Escambia River was also above flood stage from those rains. On Saturday the 13th I canceled a trip down Big Coldwater Creek because of a combination of high water and a high temperature of only 45 degrees. Pictures of snakes in trees pointed to an issue I did not consider.

On Saturday the 20th we went down Turkey Hen and the water was up but silt painted tree trunks and bushes revealed a recent much higher water mark. At least day light hours should increase slightly every day until July.

I always enjoy your reports. Happy paddling.
paddlesolo on 12/19/2008 10:30am
I didn't know very much about galls on trees and shrubs prior to the Master Naturalist Class. Each species makes its own type of gall and most are quite small, appearing on leaves, twigs, and small branches. A University of Iowa site said that galls can be created by mechanical injury - I don't think this necessarily means machines, but would include natural injuries. Since the gall in the picture is so large, I wonder if it was caused by some natural injury to the tree. In whatever way it was created it grew to olympic proportions.
Unknown on 12/18/2008 8:24pm
Gall. Did you know what it was before your Master Naturalist Class ? You have contributed to my education.
paddlesolo on 9/13/2008 8:21pm
I read Ed's 2006 report of his Holmes Creek paddle and the large area with houses that he reported is actually Magnolia/Becton Springs. It is usually milky or cloudy, and doesn't have a clear boil, but if you have a mask and swim or look carefully while paddling your boat you can find the spring vent.
paddlesolo on 9/13/2008 8:11pm
Four of us took another paddle on Holmes Creek today. We put in at Cotton Landing on CR277 about 3 miles north of Vernon, paddled a short distance downstream, and then up to Cypress Springs. After a swim we headed downstream, stopping at Magnolia/Becton Spring, Vernon Park and boatramp, Fanning Springs Landing and taking out at Hightower Springs Boat Ramp. It was a nine mile paddle. The current isn't fast, about 1 mile per hour, scenery is wonderful and there were no pullovers. There are numerous splits in the river, and on earlier paddles sometimes we had to backtrack and take another course. Hightower Springs Boatramp is marked on SR 79 4 miles south of Vernon.


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