Blackwater River

Blackwater River State Park

Blackwater River State Park is located in northwest Florida and spans over 600 acres of land. This expansive land is known for its sand-bottomed rivers, which are popular places for water sports like tubing and canoeing. In fact, it is considered to be the only clean sand river left in the United States. It is also known for its Atlantic cedar trees, which are some of the largest in the country. It is an approximately 45-minute drive northeast from Pensacola, and only slightly longer to reach the coast. The nearest town is Milton.

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Camping

Blackwater River State Park is a popular spot for camping when the weather is pleasant. The park has 30 campgrounds that you can take advantage of, and it is RV friendly as well. Pets are allowed, and many of the campsites offer an electrical hookup as well. You will need to book your campsite ahead of time, which you can do online. There is a $4 fee to enter the park. If you don't want to stay overnight, you can still have a picnic in the park at one of the many pavilions. From there, you can use the many trails to go on a nature walk or even head down to a swimming hole.

River Adventures

At Adventures Unlimited, you have the opportunity to experience canoeing unlike anywhere in the world. The spring-fed rivers(under ideal conditions) flow at an average depth of two to three feet (some places are six feet deep or deeper) over a soft, sandy bottom through a pristine state forest. Please be aware that river conditions can change quickly. Several inches of rain can bring the river up significantly in a short period of time. White sand beaches dot the banks, which are perfect for swimming, sunning and picnicking

Zip Adventures

Soar through the air and get a bird’s eye view of the forest, beaches, and river below. Adventures Unlimited’s Zip Adventures combines the adrenaline rush of a zip line canopy tour with the beauty of Northwest Florida’s pristine longleaf pine forest and Coldwater Creek.

Gulf Breeze Zoo

Gulf Breeze Zoo, located in Gulf Breeze, Florida, is a premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts and families alike. Spanning over 50 acres, this renowned zoo offers visitors the chance to explore a vibrant world of animals, with over 800 species from around the globe. From up-close encounters with majestic giraffes to the playful antics of primates, Gulf Breeze Zoo provides an immersive experience that combines education and entertainment. The zoo features beautifully landscaped grounds, interactive exhibits, and a dedicated team committed to animal conservation and welfare. Whether you're planning a family outing, a school field trip, or a solo adventure, Gulf Breeze Zoo promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of the animal kingdom.

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Hiking and biking

There are many trails that run through the state park that are popular among hikers, trail runners, and bikers. While the elevation is not too challenging, there are trails of varying lengths for all skill levels. These trails are also great places to bird watch and just immerse yourself in nature.

Tubing, canoeing, and fishing

The waterways in Blackwater River State Park are very popular for tubing and canoeing. If you've never tried these activities before, the park is a perfect place to start because of its serene atmosphere. There are many nearby shops that offer rentals and guided tours for both sports. There are also many places where fishing is allowed.

Blackwater River State Park is a must-visit for any nature lover. Although it is a very unique natural surrounding, it's still very convenient, located just a short drive away from a major international airport. There are also plenty of lodging options and other conveniences in the nearby town of Milton.

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