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Blackwater River State Recreation Area

Near MILTON, FL, Pensacola, FL
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Ranked #16 of 52 Attractions in Pensacola
Type: State Parks
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Description: Home to one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the world, this 200,000-acre park offers canoeing, camping and nature trails.
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Hancock, Mi
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Rented tubes from Blackwater Canoe Rental and took our group tubing down the river! I can't think of a better way to spend a morning in the Pensacola area! The river was high so it was a very "active" ride .... Had to keep from going into the bushes.

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Milton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We have been a few times and live not too far away. Cool river to go explore, go past the state park and over a bridge there are some parking spots with sandy areas like a beach but swimmers and floating and boating oh my. We have played at the beach area once checking it out and then took the... More

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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is canoeing & camping at its best, Cool clear moving water, Beautiful sandbars to set up campsites or just have a picnic & swim.... Loved it!!!

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Pensacola, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Check out the Blackwater River Restaurant and Wine Tasting Area for a taste of excellence in Milton, Florida (the South's modern Mayberry RFD!!!) The Veterans Memorial near the Promenade (Carriage Rides) is outstanding. Buy a brick for the Veterans in your family! Known for its canoes, hunting, and trails -- the Blackwater River brought wealth and prominence to Milton as... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We came here in January and really enjoyed the sandy bottom river, exotic vegetation and and solitude. It's a great place for a 2 day canoe trip as there are many fine locations to pitch tents on the small bluffs or sandy islands next to the river. It's only an hour or so from the beach, so it's possible to... More

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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The sites are clean, level, large and not close to other sites at all. Lots of walking trails and sandy beaches with clear cold water.

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Pensacola, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Blackwater has a little something for everybody. The Blackwater River, and Coldwater Creek are super for canoeing and there are outfitters that are eager to help you get going. There is a series of zip lines that take you over some really pretty parts of the park. There are some cabins that have a wide range of comfort levels and... More

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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Renting a canoe and paddling the coldwater or blackwater are not to be missed. Take the long or the short trip. Easy for novice or experienced paddlers. Or, just rent an inner tube and float down the river. Take a picnic lunch for stops at numerous sandbars along the way.

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Northeast Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is a yearly family reunion we attend. And it is great place to meet with Picnic Pavilions and everything needed for an outdoor meal with a large group.

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Milton, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The western most tributary of the Blackwater River is The Big Coldwater Creek.It is so family friendly.The water is a perfect depth for wading and at every bend is a deeper swimming hole next to a sandy beach.The spring fed stream is refreshing in the summer,and perfect for canoeing,kayaking and swimming.Coldwater Creek is shallow enough to keep motor boats out.It... More

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