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A favorite destination for canoeists and kayakers, Blackwater River State Park offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities. The river is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the nation, making this park a popular place for swimming, fishing, camping, and paddling. Shaded campsites are just a short walk from the river and a picnic pavilion overlooks the river. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy strolling along trails through the more than 600 acres of undisturbed natural communities. In 1980 the park was certified as a Registered State Natural Feature for its exceptional illustration of Florida's natural history. One of the largest and oldest Atlantic white cedars stands among the many that line the river and, in 1982, it was recognized as a Florida Champion tree.

the Florida trail is awesome and well maintained it is a beautiful trail

great trail very clean and well kept

Didn't actually get to do the trail because there is a $4 parking fee. Would have been happy to pay it, had I known, but I didn't have any cash on me.

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1 month ago

Fun hike. After the first half mile or so the trail meets the river and then flirts with it for the next couple of miles, bringing you right up to it several times throughout the hike. It is part of a larger trail and so there's not exactly a turn around point, I went another mile or so past the end of the trail on the app. The trail is well cut and very well marked. It was muddy and wet at some points but nothing that could not be avoided. Decent amount of roots.

Lots of mosquitoes but they were only bad when I stopped moving. Were also a decent amount of spiders with large webs right next to the trail. I saw 4 different kinds of mushrooms although I have no idea what kind they are. I also saw several deer including a fawn. Had the entire trail to myself.

The shelter and geocache were cool to see.

Well unfortunately the lake has been drained as of my last visit. There is a sign that says starting July ‘17 the lake will be drained in order to make improvements for fishing, and the work would start this winter. So I wouldn’t expect to find water here until Spring or summer of ‘17. No fishing allowed until at least ‘19.

Regardless, it’s still a pretty little hike through the woods. The drained lake is slightly depressing, but other than that it’s nice.

Part of the Florida Trail. You can do this trail all the way up to Red Rocks road and connect to the Sweetwater Creek and Juniper Creek trail. I did this as just a little out and back to Alligator Creek.

I tried to do this hike back in summer, and had to turn around after a mile. I didn't have nearly enough water. If its hot, bring a lot of water. The first 2 miles is through a lot of sparse pine forest. Unlike some of the trails around in here in the Pines, the forest hasn't been burned in quite a while so there is quite a bit of underbrush off trail. Eventually, the trail hooks back up to Jupiter creek, even though you do not even get to see it, you get more into the hardwoods that provide more shade. I turned around at Alligator creek that had a pretty cool little foot bridge. The water was really clear and cool. The doggo loved it!

Other wise, kind of a typical little Florida hike in the pines, that eventually dives down into a ravine for the creek. The bugs were a little annoying once we got close to the creek, but not bad if you just keep moving. Anyway, a nice little outing and a change of scenery. There were a surprising amount of footprints; I think there is a band of trail runners that regularly traverse this trail. The trail had been recently mowed, and it was very easy to traverse. I am not sure if they mow it regularly, but it was great to walk a nicely maintained trail.

Absolutely my favorite hike in the NW Florida Panhandle. And recently made even better because there has been a new trail segment cut into the brush that starts at the trail head parking area and intercepts the trail. So, now you don't have to walk along the road to get to the trail head if you park in that area!

The trail follows the creek after the first half mile or so. It can be heavily trafficked on a Saturday morning in the summer, but other than I see few people. The trail is technically a northern offshoot of the Florida trail, so you can go as far as your heart desires to the south, or Alabama to the north. After about 4-5 miles to the south the trail veers from the creek and gets hot and boring fast. If you want to do a through hike, bring a friend and park a car at the Blackwater State Park roadside river parking lot to the south, and then drive back up to Red Rocks road to the trail head.

My pup loves this trail as it has plenty of space to run and spots to take dips in the cool creek. I've surprisingly never had to use bug spray on this hike. You would think with such close proximity to water there would be tons of mosquitos, but maybe one or two at a time. I don't stop much while hiking though, so that probably helps.

Nice, paved, wide trail. I live footsteps away - just about 1.5 miles in from the beginning so I'm on a couple times a week. Slight elevation gain between historic Milton and the NAS. Best used for biking but loses a star for all the stop signs early on and the couple of intersections with Munson hwy.