Description - Blackwater River State Park is an outdoor delight found in northern panhandle of Florida. Surrounded by Blackwater River State Forest, this park enjoys a long shoreline along one of the world's purest sand bottom rivers. Well known for canoeing, the park and surrounding forest have many miles of canoe trails including those on Sweetwater, Juniper and Coldwater Creeks. Hikers can enjoy viewing white sand beaches, longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps and a smattering of American white cedar woodlands. The 1.5-mile nature trail is popular with individuals who enjoy viewing and identifying wildflowers.
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Blackwater River State Park
- Blackwater River State Park is considered one of the purest sand bottom rivers in the world. The Blackwater River is in its natural state for almost its entire length. Beginning 45 miles upstream in the Conecuh National Forest in Alabama, it continues downstream for 13 miles before emptying into Blackwater Bay. The river's sand bottom, dark tannin waters and contrasting large, white sandbars
have drawn worldwide attention and provide the perfect setting for this 590-acre park.
The river attracts paddlers from far and wide and has been designated a Florida canoe trail. The last two miles of the trail are located within the park.
The terrain, plant communities and wildlife are highlighted along the park's three nature trails. Guided walks and campfire programs for park guests are offered seasonally. Thirty campsites, with electric and water hookups, are available.
Recreation - Recreational enthusiasts will enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing, nature trails, boating, canoeing, sunbathing and swimming.
Climate - The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.
Blackwater River State Park is located in northwest Florida, 15 miles northeast of Milton off U.S. Highway 90 and north of Interstate 10. Take State Route 87 to Harold turning north onto Deaton Bridge Road. The park is several miles north.