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Blackwater River State Recreation Area

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Address: Near MILTON, FL, Pensacola, FL
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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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Fun for the family and the dog!

Had a great time with the hubby and our fur baby canoeing down the river. I was so surprised they were okay with pets! That's so hard to find.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2016
whitewolf936vt
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Had a great time with the hubby and our fur baby canoeing down the river. I was so surprised they were okay with pets! That's so hard to find.

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White Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

We came to the park to end out kayaking trip. We left one vehicle here and took the other up river. The river is dark water, but it provides several sand bars for swimming. I live the picnic area. Showers and pavilions are available. Great place to spend the day.

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

This is the only white sand, black water combo in the country! It is absolutely stunning and so much fun. They offer tube, kayak, and canoe rentals with drop off and pick up points. You can spend a couple hours to a whole day exploring the waterways and vegetation of this special state park. FYI: this is one of the... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This has great areas for camping and the river tubing is a blast. This is a great way to get the family away from cell phones and video games. The river is for the most part clean and worry free. It is a relatively inexpensive way to forge family memories for life.

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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Several places to rent canoes, kayaks or inner toobs; I would suggest Adventures Unlimited for rentals. Be prepared for a drive but worth the trip.

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Spanish Fort
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Beat the heat instantly by jumping in the Blackwater river! Rent a cabin or camp site and enjoy an evening listening to frogs and crickets and owls hooting in the background! Get up early and catch a canoe trip down the river for several hours and the boat bus will pick you up and bring you back to camp. Be... More 

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

If you like water and kayaking or canoeing you should rent a canoe and go for it. River is not wild at all so can have nice weekend with family and kids.

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Coral Springs, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

Campground with hiking trails, cabins, forest and wildlife. The river offers a sand bottom, tubing, kayaking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

Really, really a nice park. Safe, secluded and quiet. Nice hiking and bicycle trails. Off the beaten path. Get groceries long before the park as there is no grocery shopping for miles. Fellow campers were friendly and the campsites are well cared for. We enjoyed out visit.

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Yulee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

We stayed 4 days with our kids lots to see and do here , in this area but also a great place to just relax...we will be returning again and again it has become a favorite.

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