Brochure of Blackwater River State Park in Florida. Published by Florida State Parks.
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BLACKWATER RIVER STATE PARK HISTORY AND NATURE Blackwater River State Park was established in 1967 and opened in 1968 with 360 acres. In 1981 an additional 230 acres were acquired from the Division of Forestry. Blackwater River State Park has one recorded archaeological site–an unnamed stone scatter, which may be as old as 10,000 years or as recent as a few hundred years old. Since rivers have been major transportation corridors in Florida for more than 10,000 years, it is probable that human activity existed here long ago. The park and adjoining Blackwater River State Forest are known for their historic trams, sawmills and timber industry, especially near Milton. It is interesting to note the geographical distribution of mills along the streams and watersheds. 7720 Deaton Bridge Road Holt, FL 32564 850-983-5363 PARK GUIDELINES • • • • • When mills were at peak operation, everyone made trips to mills. The earliest roads led to mills and as the community grew, commercial ventures such as the blacksmith shop, livery and general store would spring up nearby. • • Atlantic white cedars line the river. In 1982, one of the park’s cedars was designated Florida Champion, the largest of its species. The park was also designated a Registered State Natural Feature in 1980 for its “exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of Florida.” • White-tailed deer, bobcats and turkeys are common, while river otters and alligators are occasionally seen. A variety of birds live here, including red headed and pileated woodpeckers, hawks, warblers and Mississippi kites. • • Hours are 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year. An entrance fee is required. Additional user fees may apply. All plants, animals and park property are protected. Collection, destruction or disturbance is prohibited. Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Pets must be kept on a handheld leash no longer than six feet and well-behaved at all times. Fishing, boating and ground fires are allowed in designated areas only. A Florida fishing licences is require.. Fireworks and hunting are prohibited in all Florida state parks. Fireworks and hunting are prohibited. Alcoholic beverage consumption is allowed in designated areas only. Become a volunteer. Inquire at the ranger station. For camping information, contact Reserve America at 800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287 or visit ReserveAmerica.com. Florida state parks are committed to providing equal access for visitors to all facilities and programs. If you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact staff at any ranger station or call 850-245-3076 (Voice) or 711 (Florida Relay Service). Visit us online at FloridaStateParks.org Follow us on social media FloridaStateParks.org #FLStateParks BLACKWATER RIVER STATE PARK Immerse yourself in 600 acres of Florida’s inland ecological wonders Swim, canoe or tube in the cool waters of the Blackwater-all great family activities. Canoes may be rented from outfitters in the area. Three-day use areas with restrooms, outdoor showers and picnic tables are within short walking distance of the beaches. W d eR oa N E S Ranger Station Boat Ramp Road Florida Trail The river usually flows 2-3 miles per hour with an average depth of 2.5 feet. Depending on rainfall, water levels can fluctuate rapidly. Please contact the ranger station for updated water levels. Juniper Lake Trail Visitors may hike on either of two trails–the Chain of Lakes Nature Trail in the park’s southeast corner near Deaton Bridge, or Juniper Lake Nature Trail that extends from the campground and pavilions. On both trails visitors can view small crescent-shaped lakes called oxbows that are created when the river changes course. Situated among longleaf pines are two campground loops with 30 campsites that offer water, electricity, sewer, picnic tables and a playground. Sites accommodate camping from tents to 40-foot RVs. A facility in the center of the two camping loops has hot showers and clean restrooms. A dump station is located on the campground entrance road. Juniper Lake Nature Trail leads from the campground down to the water for swimming and relaxing. Bri dg Welcome to Blackwater River State Park. The Blackwater River, one of the most pristine rivers in the nation, provides the perfect setting for this 590-acre park. The Blackwater’s sandy bottom, white beaches and large sandbars are a sharp contrast to the dark tannic water that gives the river its name. Designated a Florida Canoe Trail, the river and the park are part of the statewide system of greenways and trails. Blackwater River State Park De ato n EXPERIENCES AND AMENITIES Blackwater River Camping Canoeing Fishing Chain of Lakes Nature Trail Hiking Parking Pets Overnight Picnicking Playground Directions From I-10 East: take exit 31; turn left on Hwy. 87; then right on Hwy. 90. Turn left on Deaton Bridge Road in Harold - it is 3 miles to the park. From I-10 West: take exit 45; turn right; then left on Hwy. 90 in Holt. Turn right on Deaton Bridge Road in Harold - it is 3 miles to the park. Restrooms Swimming Tubing Wildlife Viewing P00212 Rev_12.18