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Blackwater River State Park, Milton

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The Blackwater River of Florida is a 56.6mi river rising in southern Alabama and flowing through the Florida Panhandle to the Gulf of Mexico. The river enters Florida in Okaloosa County and flows through Santa Rosa County to Blackwater Bay, an arm of Pensacola Bay. The river passes through Blackwater River State Forest and Blackwater River State Park. Milton, the county seat of Santa Rosa County, is located on the river.The Blackwater's sandy bottom, white beaches and large sandbars contrast with the dark tannic water that gives the river its name. "Blackwater" is a translation of the Choctaw word oka-lusa, which means "water black".of the river are navigable by canoe, kayak or small boats. This section of the river, from Kennedy Bridge near Munson, Florida to Deaton Bridge in the Blackwater River State Park, is designated a Florida Canoe Trail — part of a statewide system of greenways and trails.
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  • We attended an art show today that was set in the little town of Milton, along the banks of the Blackwater River. The river was lovely on a nice sunny day. People were out walking their dogs, enjoying...  more »
  • The river has several small beaches, crystal-clear water and trails. Perfect for canoeing and fishing. Although our visit was in the winter, we want to return in the summer because it is a lovely walk with native forest, birds, areas for rest and pik-nik. Recommend.
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  • Blackwater river is a beautiful, clean, sandy bottom river with white beach like sandbars at every bend. You can rent canoes, kayaks, or tubes from local rental companies or bring your own. We do an a...  more »
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  • It is the #1 most pristine river in Florida there and the kayaking and tubing is a blast. There are white sand beaches along the river to stop on and relax.😆 it's a great time for everyone of all ages, the river is not deep and you can see thru to the sandy bottom.
  • Spend the day away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can rent a canoe or kayak and pick either an hour or several cruising with the current. Transportation is provided from a parking area to where your adventure begins. After your journey has finished, transportation is provided back to your vehicle.
  • Great experience. Owners are really nice and knowledgeable. Inexpensive and a great way to enjoy the water without having to go to the beach.
  • Lovely, quiet, freshwater beaches. Perfect for a little family time away from the hussle and bussle of pcola beaches. Not a single piece of trash on the beach. Clean, well kept pavillions and outdoor showering areas are a great plus!
  • This was one of the cleanest state parks in Florida that I have had the opportunity to visit. The river in the park is absolutely very gorgeous and refreshing. I would encourage everyone to make a visit here.