National Parks

Blackwater River State Park

Holt, FL

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Address: 7720 Deaton Bridge Rd, Milton, FL 32564, USA Number: 850-983-5363 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

If you just LOVE the great outdoors, the Blackwater River State Park has just what you need!

This Florida state park is a favorite adventure destination for those who love to get out on the river. Canoeists and kayakers will certainly be in their element!

Here's a fun fact, kids. Did you know that the river is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the entire USA. This makes Blackwater River State Park a popular place for swimming, fishing, camping, and paddling too.

If you want to extend your outdoor adventure, the park offer shaded campsites are just a short walk from the river. Why not take a picnic lunch, and visitors can enjoy a picnic at a pavilion overlooking the river. 

Love nature? Great! Nature enthusiasts will enjoy strolling along many trails through undisturbed natural communities. There are three trails that total 4 and a half miles, so get comfy shoes at the ready!

In fact, the park is so beautiful that in 1980 it was certified as a Registered State Natural Feature for possessing exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of Florida. Pretty amazing, huh? 

Want to know something else pretty special? Well, Atlantic white cedars line the river, and one of them was actually recognized in 1982 as a Florida Champion tree, one of the largest and oldest of its species! Wow!

Beautiful outdoor adventure in Florida, and a great place for a family adventure. Just don't forget that camera!

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How much does it cost?



$4 per vehicle, limit to 8 people. $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, & extra passengers



$2 for Florida National Guard members or EBT card holders


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Additional Information

Pets are welcome at Blackwater River State Park as long as they are kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and are well behaved and under the owner's control at all times. Campers are welcome to bring their pets camping, but pets are not permitted on the beaches or in the water at Blackwater River State Park.

Any top tips?


Take your tubes to really enjoy the beauty of the river! Be aware there aren't any lifeguards on duty so any water activities just be careful

I'm Hungry!


Be sure to bring a picnic lunch on your visit to Blackwater River State Park. Each day use area at the park features places to picnic.

Healthy Eating Take water, you will need to stay hydrated!

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Where is it at?


Located 15 miles northeast of Milton, off U.S. 90.

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The park features several hundred feet of raised boardwalk trail accessible from the pavilion parking lot. The park also has three accessible campsites available for reservations.

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in Florida

When can we go?

Park open 8am to sundown. Ranger Station open 5pm - 7pm

Park open 365 days a year

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