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.

Trail will flood in spots, (close to waist deep) we were able to make our way around the deep water spots, but, if you don’t mind wet feet, you’ll have the place to yourself. Shelter campsite is a great place to dry out. Can’t wait to go back during better weather. Thanks Doug Watson!

Still been remodel trail is not well mark, trail head it’s before you enter the parking area, little confused at the beginning but it gets clear.it rain and you walk thru some water, but it’s a ok trail, no wildlife

Best trail I’ve done in FL!

Honestly one of my favorite trails in this area. Awesome views of the river and so many different types of trees. We actually started from the end of the trail and hiked to the shelter (1.5 miles) and then hiked out the next morning. Perfect last minute trip with little planning!

My first hike ever. Was at night but was a great trail for what I done of it. Would definitely do it again

amazing trail. a few muddy spots so wear shoes you don't want to get messed up. Definitely recommend!!!

We went on Veterans Day weekend 2018 and Karrick Lake has been drained and is undergoing major renovation. Trail is not clearly marked and campground hosts were not knowledgeable about it.

trail running
2 months ago

Took my dog out here and we had a blast!!

Easy & shaded trail...loved the hike. Note:u have to take side shoots to get down to the water

I took my kids to hike the back side of this trail to the shelter and camp for the night. It was the first time we hiked and camped. The kids had the time of their lives. And we may have started a trend.

Beautiful scenery near the river, oxbow lakes, and then you go just a few feet up in elevation to pine forest and woodlands area. It's like hiking two different trails. Lots of little streams and creeks, we even seen a deer and a black bear off in the distance

I love this trail! I have to have hiked this bad boy 3-4 times this year. Pairs well with the Blackwater River Trail for a ~13mi. day hike.

The lake has been drained. Dead fish everywhere. Also the path is very open and not in very much in nature

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Nice well kept trail. An enjoyable hike.

trail running
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

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

Monday, November 06, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Went here for a little afternoon day hike and it did not disappoint. One of the better trails around this area. Would definitely recommend.

Seemed long,but highly enjoyable. Caught some rain on the last leg of it.

Monday, February 27, 2017

We chose a cool morning to hike. Very nice hike. Peaceful and quiet enjoyed the rolling hills.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nice campsite for the Troop. Also good hike trail.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Monday, May 30, 2016

nice little walk. relaxing and good views of the lake.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Karick lake loop leads to the Red Bottom Trail which in turn links to the Florida Trail running along the Blackwater River. Lots of changes from long leaf pine forests to pristine white sand beaches. My friend and I did this in December almost 16 miles. In hunting season might want to wear orange. Lots of whitetail deer. Very fun hike.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

This is a perfect 3.8 mile loop trail for both adults and kids (8 and up). Hike around a 65 acre lake thru long leaf pine uplands. Yaupon holly and gallberry line a well mowed trail. This trail is maintained by the state forestry department. There are clean restrooms at the south and north campground. There are no fees to walk this trail. Wooden picnic tables are spaced along the lake shore. Hikers can do this loop as many times as they wish to log their desired distance. Gently rolling hills.

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