Blackwater River State Park is home to over 600 acres of pristine north Florida panhandle forests, rivers and wildlife ecosystems. The Blackwater River is also one of the purest sand bottom rivers in the nation, making it a popular destination for water adventure enthusiasts like canoeists, kayakers and even tubers.
In 1980, Blackwater River State Park was certified as a Registered State Natural Feature due to the some of the oldest stands of Atlantic White Cedar in the nation. It is also home to the 1982 nominated Champion Atlantic White Cedar Tree. A Champion Tree is the largest variety of that species in nation. Learn more about the National Tree Registry here.
Blackwater River State Park was also voted by ReserveAmerica.com as one of the “Top 100 Florida Family Campgrounds”, “Top 25 Canoeing Spots” and “The Top 25 Beaches” in the state. I personally would have voted the park as one of the top ten best canoeing areas in the state.
The canoeing and kayaking here in Blackwater River State Park is phenomenal to say the least. Easy paddling, clear waters and sandy beach bottoms make it the perfect place to take a river trip in Florida. This 31 mile canoe/kayak trip has multiple spots to pull over and camp on one of the many sandy beaches. You can visit the DEP website here for more details on this awesome canoe run.
But you don’t have to be into water sports to enjoy this great Florida state park. Two nature trails span the parks natural and ecological features, allowing views of the pristine Blackwater River and state forest. The Juniper Creek Trail is a section of the Florida trail and is maintained Florida Trail Association. It offers access to the interior of the parks 600 acre ecosystems and historical features.
Once you’ve explored the trails and river, you may just want to stay overnight. The full facility campground is home to one of Florida’s top 100 family campgrounds. Amenities at all of the 30 campsites include electricity, water, sewage hookup, picnic table a fire ring and grill. A new restroom with hot showers is located in the center of the campground. RV’s up to 45 feet long are welcome as well as tents.
For directions, hours of operations and fees, visit the Blackwater State Park website here.