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Blackwater River State Recreation Area

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We both love this place. It is such a hidden gem. The water is amazing. You can canoe, swim, or... read more

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Kayaking this river was a DREAM. Not too fast, not too slow. Easy to navigate on your own but also... read more

Reviewed March 21, 2019
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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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Near MILTON, FL, Pensacola, FL
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Reviewed yesterday

We both love this place. It is such a hidden gem. The water is amazing. You can canoe, swim, or tube!! Do all three and it amazing!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Garnetreview1227
Reviewed March 21, 2019

Kayaking this river was a DREAM. Not too fast, not too slow. Easy to navigate on your own but also exciting enough to have fun! The water is warm and shallow and there are quite a few beaches you can pull off and do a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mandasuzanne
Reviewed December 11, 2018

My spouse and I went kayaking down the Blackwater River! If you love to be outside and want to have fun, I recommend Blackwater State Recreation Area

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mniles2018
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Blackwater River State Park is old fashion fun for everyone, young and old alike, lots to do and see for everyone of all ages, a throwback to a better place and time, old school Floida at its best

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stclair1958
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Every year a bunch of us go canoeing down the river and we have so much fun. It is an annual thing that we do on the 3rd Thursday of June each year. Our trips have grown and we have friends that come from out...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BeverlyJackson
Reviewed July 3, 2018

This was our first trip to Florida so I did a lot of research on The best things to do near Pensacola. This experience was everything it promises. Peaceful, relaxing, and beautiful! The rental store (where you rent your tube, kayak, or canoe) was easy...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Lisa M
Reviewed March 9, 2018

great place to kayak or boat and see lots of nature, would also be nice for picnics or possibly tent camping, freshwater fishing

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank sharonfmills
Reviewed October 9, 2017

Truly well worth the 45 minute drive from Pensacola Beach for an few hour outting of Kayaking enjoying Florida Nature. Will return to do the 11 mile trip Truly Old Florida

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank tmbt2015
Reviewed August 2, 2017

Blackwater River is the coolest spot in July and August in the Milton area. Tube and canoe trips are popular. River bends allow for cooling off in the shade of the trees. There are plenty of sand bars in the sun for a picnic break...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank pamelagay2015
Reviewed July 19, 2017

...because although it was one of the best experiences during our trip thru all East-Coast and the place is definitely way too underrated...then maybe it should stay this way because everybody knows what happens if there will be too many tourists. Usually the consequences will...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank GianfrancoTutto
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Response from Lindsey M | Reviewed this property |
There are various companies that you can rent canoes or inner tubes from. The company we used has you park in their parking area and then you take a quick ten minute bus ride down to the river bank where your canoes and... More