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“Super-clean and pristine!”

Blackwater River State Recreation Area
Ranked #16 of 69 things to do in Pensacola
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Owner description: Home to one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the world, this 200,000-acre park offers canoeing, camping and nature trails.
Reviewed July 13, 2015

This park is off the beaten path. Had I known it was such a distance from I-10 I may have decided to stay elsewhere since we were on a time schedule to travel further west. We were only there for one night but this is a park I would come back to and stay for at least 3 nights in the summer. It is extremely well maintained. Pavement in good condition, nice pads for camping, stately pine trees throughout (but not a ton of shade). There are two camping loops that share a bathroom in the middle, which was nice and clean. We were here in the fall and it was dreary and we walked the path to the river and were impressed by the white sand beaches and could only imagine how exciting this place must be in the heat of the summer. There are nature trails running along the banks of the water, big pavilions, boardwalks, and a beautiful river with what looked like a swift little current.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank SarahMTaylor
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Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great camping experience. Group cabins, Bunk house dining, hot showers. River access. Canoes and kayaks available.

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank William W
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Reviewed June 3, 2015

One of the nicer state parks for camping and family fun. Plenty to do and keep a family occupied. Water is definitely cold so you may want to go when it is a little warmer if you want to get in the river. I would recommend late March at the earliest.

Hit the near by Blackwater River Outpost for canoeing and/or tubing fun.

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank GAJacobs68
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

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.

Date of experience: February 2015
1  Thank Ann F
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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.

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank Generic U
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