From a recent National Park Service brochure:
Southeast Coastal Paddling Trail
The Southeast Coastal Paddling Trail (SCPT) is an exciting new initiative to link existing access points, visitor services, and other attractions from Florida to Virginia. Inspired by the Florida Circumnavigation Saltwater Paddling Trail, the extensive project area spans four states: Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Although numerous public access sites and water trails currently exist in each state, there is currently no interconnected water trail system. The SCPT will achieve this goal, promoting recreation, environmental education, stewardship, and tourism for adjacent communities. Virginia plays a critical role in this project, with the Chesapeake Bay serving as the trail’s northern terminus. In 2010 and 2011, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) worked with RTCA and local communities to explore potential route options. Virginia partners continue to work with the Southeast states of NC, SC, and GA to secure funding for development of an interstate project website.
“The Southeast Coastal Paddling Trail is an exciting interstate project that has received invaluable support and leadership from the RTCA program.
When completed the paddle trail will provide a route from Florida to Virginia, linking multiple states along the Atlantic coastline.”
– Janit Llewellyn, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
The City of Virginia Beach, National Park Service, Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation and other stakeholders have been working on the trail for several years.