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black2Blackwater River State Park is considered one of the purest sandbottom rivers in the world, the Blackwater River is in its natural state for almost its entire length. Beginning 45 miles upstream 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 river and diversity of terrain account for the many plant communities found in the park. The Blackwater has created oxbows and natural levees that have become ponds, swamps and scrubby ridges. Low-lying areas along the river and large streams are seasonally inundated by flood waters.

Upland pine forests dotted with persimmon, turkey oak, sweetgum, flowering dogwood and other shrubs are found in the park. Open canopy forests combine different types of pine and dense groundcover such as gallberry, saw palmetto, wiregrass, wild blueberry and wax myrtle. Along the river and large streams in the floodplain area, the forest is dominated by various species of oaks and hickory, red maple, sycamore, magnolia, holly, tupelo and azaleas. The water level in the floodplain and swamp lakes fluctuates and may even become completely dry. Plants vary according to the water supply. Look for water fern, water lily, coontail, bladderwort, spatterdock and other emergent plants.

White-tailed deer, bobcats and turkeys are quite common. River otter may be seen occasionally and the graceful Mississippi kite is often observed soaring overhead in the summer.

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.Low Season
Campsite Fees:

Campsite and water $8.00 per night

Campsite, water and electricity $10.00 per night

Pets with tags and vaccination papers $2.00 per night

High Season Campsite Fees:

Campsite and water $10.00 per night

Campsite, water and electricity $12.00 per night

Pets with tags and vaccination papers $2.00 per night

Blackwater River is located 15 miles northeast of Milton, off U.S. 90.

For more information, contact:
Blackwater River State Park
7720 Deaton Bridge Road
Holt, Florida 32564
(850) 983-5363

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