Blackwater River State Park
Demolition in Progress
The park is in the process of removing a pavilion. Workers and equipment will be present in the main day-use area. Please use caution when workers are present and utilize designated walkways. Demolition operations will take place on the Blackwater River between Boat Ramp Road and Deaton's Bridge until project completion. All visitors who plan to paddle or float should take extra caution when near the work area. Call the park office at 850-983-5363 with any questions.
GPS Navigational Issues
Due to the inaccuracy of some GPS/navigation systems, please double check your route to the park or call the park office for turn by turn directions at 850-983-5363 or 850-712-0193.
Welcome to Blackwater River State Park
Blackwater River boasts an incredible array of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, many centered around the park’s namesake waterway.
Despite its name — Blackwater, or the original Oka-lusa (water black) in the Muscogee language — the Blackwater River is normally a transparent golden-brown when seen against the white sandbars.
Most of the stream flows through undeveloped lands of the Blackwater State Forest and Blackwater River State Park, core areas of the largest contiguous longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem left in the world, one described as being rarer than a tropical rainforest.
Water seeping from this forest is as pure as it comes, merely tinted with tannins from leaves and roots of shoreline vegetation.
Canoeing, kayaking, camping and picnicking are popular activities in the park along with strolling along forested nature trails.