Best Kayaking

Whether you’re already a kayaker or have always wanted to try this invigorating sport, these featured communities have kayak clubs that welcome beginners and experienced rowers alike, as well as on-site or nearby waterways where you can paddle to your heart’s content.

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Osprey Cove

St. Marys, GA — Located just 25 minutes from Jacksonville, FL International airport, and just a 90-minute drive to Savannah, GA and St. Augustine, Osprey Cove is a constant recipient in the “Top 100 places to Retire.” With incredible views across the marsh to Florida and Amelia Island, this three season coastal community awaits you. Perfect for a primary or second home. If you’re looking for a little bit of adventure and a whole lot of fun, or just an opportunity to enjoy a little sunshine, fresh air and wide-open spaces, Osprey Cove has your cure.  The best way to enjoy this beautiful coast along the St Marys River is kayaking.


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WaterWays Township

Richmond Hill, GA—Kayaking is an important part of life at WaterWays. Grand Lagoon, our freshwater system that meanders through the community for over 3 ½ miles, provides a peaceful setting for a casual excursion beneath canopies of majestic oaks. Wildlife is abundant and visible along the shores of our waterway, as we share this special place with herons, egrets, and numerous varieties of waterfowl. You might even encounter a white-tailed deer in search of a refreshing drink from this spring-fed lake. Access to Grand Lagoon is provided at several locations, including the Hawk Island Boathouse, our solar-powered kayak launching and storage facility.


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Brunswick Forest

Leland, NC — Just minutes from historic downtown Wilmington, NC, Brunswick Forest is a sensitively developed coastal retreat situated on 4,500 beautiful acres. Along the banks of picturesque Town Creek bordering Brunswick Forest, a river launch offers residents the opportunity to fish, paddle and picnic. Known for its abundance of wildlife, aquatic vegetation, and virgin forests, this tidal-influenced tributary meets up with the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway, winding its way to the Atlantic Ocean. The launch itself is an innovative design that makes launch and recovery so much easier. Kayaks can be placed in a cradle dock that allows it to glide into the water, making the boating experience simpler and more enjoyable.
 


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Bayside

Selbyville, Delaware—Bayside is a waterfront community in Delaware that offers a multitude of outdoor activities like golf and tennis, plus a Health & Aquatic Club. The Point at Bayside is a unique destination for water-fun lovers that offers a launch for your own craft or you can choose from a fleet of available kayaks and paddleboards. Regular excursions are planned for experienced rowers and classes are offered by experts for those who want to learn new kayaking and boarding skills. Once they master the art, Bayside residents take to the water and can kayak for miles on end.

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The Isles of Collier Preserve

Naples, FL —Just four miles east of downtown Naples, Florida, The Isles of Collier Preserve by Minto Communities presents a unique setting that incorporates and is surrounded by nature. Bordered by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Naples Botanical Garden, and Dollar Bay, every aspect of The Isles of Collier Preserve is inspired by nature. More than 1,300 acres of the community are dedicated to natural habitat connected by a network of peaceful waterways for kayaking and paddleboarding, as well as recreational trails and bike paths.


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The Bluffs on the Cape Fear

Leland, NC — Welcome to, where privacy and tranquility are joined in a setting of transcendent natural beauty. Here you’ll discover the best of both worlds – a private preserve in the midst of nature, but an easy drive from everything Wilmington and the coastal Carolinas have to offer. Living on the water means more at The Bluffs. The Private Beach Club on Oak Island gives you full access to the ocean, and our residents enjoy a Lakefront Club, resort-style Pool, and the beautiful Cape Fear River where the kayaking experience is incomparable.


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Sweetgrass

Blowing Rock, North Carolina—Set in the shadow of Grandfather Mountain in western North Carolina, the SweetGrass community offers residents a central location from which to enjoy all of the region’s many nature parks, hiking trails and ski slopes. The on-site SweetWater Lake House is a community gathering place that features a sandy beach and fishing dock. It’s also a home to resident kayakers and canoeists, who can ply the waters of the 22-acre lake or plan adventures to any of the numerous whitewater streams and rivers in the region that attract paddlers from spring through fall.

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Lakes of Cane Bay

Summerville, SC— K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay is a 55-plus active lifestyle lakefront community bringing unsurpassed resort-at-home-style living to Summerville, South Carolina. The centerpiece of this breathtaking community is an expansive 300-acre lake system, which is ideal for a variety of relaxing water-related activities, such as kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding and boating. Serene waters amid a spectacular setting of natural beauty and unique wildlife offer a kayaking experience like no other.


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RiverLights

Wilmington, North Carolina—A new residential community near Wilmington, RiverLights is located on the free-flowing Cape Fear River, long regarded as a prime kayaking destination along the North Carolina coast. But the developers here plan to take it one step further. The RiverLights Lake is a 38-acre freshwater heaven in the heart of the community where paddlers can enjoy their exercise on the safe, calm waters. And soon to come is Boat Builder Park, a dedicated waterfront site where paddleboard and kayak lessons will be offered, watercraft can be stored and repaired, and planned explorations can take residents to prime waters throughout the region.


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Fawn Lake

Spotsylvania, VA — Fawn Lake is a pristine gated community with amenities such as a pool, walking trails, a garden center, golf courses, ball courts, and a country club. Residents delight in watching the water skiing club, enjoying sunsets, and watching memories being made on the lake. With all of these opportunities, even weekdays here can feel like weekends. Fawn Lake offers year round storage for canoes and kayaks in the Canoe Park. The natural beauty of the lake changes with the seasons, but its ability to soothe one’s soul remains constant.


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