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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mapping Scenic Habitat

When Steve Dowman and a trio of friends set out to circumnavigate Hontoon Island by kayak last weekend, they had no idea they were taking advantage of a Volusia County trail. But the 10-mile route is one of nine county-designated canoe trails known as blueways.

Essentially canoe routes that feature spectacular scenery or other amenities that make them stand out, blueways are perhaps the most picturesque segments of the county's trail network. Encompassing more than 125 miles of freshwater and brackish streams and rivers, the trails traverse nearly every type of habitat found in the county.

The trail is especially rewarding during the cooler months, when paddlers are treated to close encounters with the manatees that congregate at Blue Spring.

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