This story featured in the July 2012 issue.

Photo: Frederick Marmsater

The Big Bend Saltwater Trail stretches across 105 miles of seagrass-carpeted shallows and shifting sandbars bristling with live oak and pals. The coastline here is too shallow for yachts and the ground too swampy for condos. That makes this stretch of north Florida coast a thriving refuge for Gulf Coast wildlife and a particular breed of person, says C&K editor at large Conor Mihell. His feature story about paddling the Saltwater Trail, with photographs by Frederick Marmsater, appears in the December 2012 issue of the magazine. — JM