Summer in Florida can be a little steamy but with so many rivers and beach nearby, all you need is a float to relax in the water. The Blackwater River State Park is a 600-acre park with one of the purest rivers in the country.

At first sight, you will notice the brownish water but don't be deceived. This river contains tannin (when the vegetation decays and leaches into the water) which makes the water turn into a darkly stained, tea steeped color. However, tannins are excellent antioxidants found in teas and coffees. Therefore, this river is a nice way to rejuvenate your skin while floating aimlessly around the water.

What makes this place so popular among locals is the variety of outdoor activities. Visitors can go camping, paddling, fishing, geo-seeking, hiking, swimming, tubing, and wildlife viewing.

The park offers three trails with a total of 4.5 miles. If you are up for an adventure, we recommend the Juniper Creek trail that will lead you through the floodplain swamp over a narrow catwalk bridge. This trail is not a loop and continues 7.5 miles through Blackwater River State Forest.

But, there is no summer without leisurely floating in the river. The canoe trail offers many tubing opportunities and is a great way to enjoy the magic of Blackwater River. If you want a truly epic experience, rent a canoe and explore access points. There are about 31 miles of mystical nature but we recommend you check first their information here. 

The park is open daily from 8 am until sundown. Also, there is a $4 fee per vehicle where guests can pay at the honor box in cash. 

Blackwater River State Park

Address: 7720 Deaton Bridge Rd, Holt, FL 32564 (Due to some issues with GPS navigation systems call the park ahead of time for directions at 850-983-5363) 

Why you need to go: It's one of the best places to take a canoe trip. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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