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“Wonderful Picnic Area for Family Gatherings”

Blackwater River State Recreation Area
Ranked #19 of 116 things to do in Pensacola
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Owner description: Home to one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the world, this 200,000-acre park offers canoeing, camping and nature trails.
Reviewed 18 July 2013

This is a yearly family reunion we attend. And it is great place to meet with Picnic Pavilions and everything needed for an outdoor
meal with a large group.

Thank TejanaNortheastTexas
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

The western most tributary of the Blackwater River is The Big Coldwater Creek.It is so family friendly.The water is a perfect depth for wading and at every bend is a deeper swimming hole next to a sandy beach.The spring fed stream is refreshing in the summer,and perfect for canoeing,kayaking and swimming.Coldwater Creek is shallow enough to keep motor boats out.It also is very clear so you can comfortably see the bottom.It is also fun to snorkel .The Quartz sand beaches are a great place to stop and picnic too.

1  Thank relationships
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

We rented a canoe instead of tubing because someone mentioned that there were water snakes in the river. I spoke to three people on the river who said they had been tubing the river for 5 or more years and have never seen anything. Totally beautiful and totally safe. One of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful Sandy bottoms and sand bars add to the beauty.

1  Thank Bill B
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

I went with my wife and daughter last summer and had a great time. We rented four tubes (one for each of us and one smaller one for a cooler) and leisurely floated down the river. I think it was approximately $30 or so for all of us and you can take as long as you want.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the river is quite shallow and because of that does require that you pay attention most of the time. You can't simply lay back and enjoy because you have to maneuver away from shallow spots that will ground you quite often.

The water is clear, though, and you can see the bottom at all times (that's a requirement for me lol). Also, there are warnings about snakes, alligators, etc, but the water is too cold for alligators and it is an extreme rarity for one to be seen.

3  Thank Chris A
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

If you enjoy camping and canoeing you will really like this place. I had never been in a canoe before but found out that I really enjoyed this. The water is cool and the nature is beautiful. I have not camped there but understand the cabins are great.

1  Thank Amy S
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