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Blackwater River State Recreation Area

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Address: Near MILTON, FL, Pensacola, FL
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Camping, Hiking
Description: Home to one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the world, this...
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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For naturalists and birders

This park is in the pine woods habitat and is frequently visited by birders seeking those special birds which live only in these forests. There are excellent opportunities to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Pensacola, Florida
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Pensacola, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This park is in the pine woods habitat and is frequently visited by birders seeking those special birds which live only in these forests. There are excellent opportunities to see the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker and other species.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We loved our visit to this park. Kayaked the Sweetwater & enjoyed the campfire, even though it rained. The water is beautiful, there are lots of nice trails & the camp sites are very nicely maintained.

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cagayan de oro
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

its a nice place to camp..canoe..fish.hunt.bird watch..or just relax and enjoy// canoes can be rented..its a nice river system..its a very big park..off roads..if interested..horses..walking...check the park station for details..if out of state..remember we have snakes..gators,bears..and lots of bugs..the river is the main attraction..

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Blackwater is usually not too crowded unless you catch a spring break group or a load of outgoers from Adventure's Unlimited. There are several put ins for canoes or tubes and the river is maintained pretty well. It's slow with lots of sandbars so you can make the outing into a full day.

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Bob's Canoes is awesome, the area was very clean. Coldwater Creek is great. Just need to go when the water is flowing always call first. Went on the half-day trip that was great.

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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This state park is the perfect place to get away from it all. Nice quite campground with great campground host. The creek is a great place to go kayaking. They have places to drop your canoe or kayak in and you can drift down stream for a couple of hours without leaving the park.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I went last summer and we went tubing. In the middle of the trip a thunderstorm started and we were tubing in freezing water and all the kids were very scared. I don't recommend the tubing for kids, but if the weather was better I'm sure it would have been much better!

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Seffner, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Canoeing down the Black Water river is a real hoot. I am not a big fan of canoes but our family had a good time for a couple of hours.

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Pace, Florida, United States
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

They company takes you up creek in an old bus. You can choose half day or whole day trips. We prefer to tube in the heat of the summer. Creek is very clear, sandy bottom, trick is to stay in the middle. You can rent all your tubes, even one for your cooler and eat lunch on a sandbar. Nice... More 

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a cool park. Awesome canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Nice campgrounds. The park is beautiful and many places to explore. Many animals to see.

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