The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail (SECT) was featured recently in the Washington Post and other southeastern news outlets. The blueway connects the Chesapeake Bay and the Georgia-Florida border. For over 800 miles, the SECT hugs the coastal waters of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, providing a unique opportunity for paddlers to experience an unbroken trail through four states in the tidal marshes and rivers of the southern USA.
This unprecedented multi-state partnership linked planning partners Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and The Conservation Fund of North Carolina, as well as the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (Virginia), and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (South Carolina). Local project liaison, Sara Kidd explained, “The information on this website is highly desirable to canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts because now it is all in one place.”
Partial funding for the project was provided by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The website and mapping function were developed by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.