We stayed is site number 28. The sites are rather small and are equipped with table, fire ring, separate grill, clothesline, and some have hammock posts. Sites are gravel. All are full hook up with water, electric, and sewer. Bathrooms were great well stocked and very clean, hot water. Trash gets picked up daily from your site. There are many many trails to walk in this area. The campground has a great boardwalk trail that goes down to a Beach area and the river. There is also a parking area and boardwalk and Beach for day-use visitors. The river is excellent here it is dark clear water with white sandy banks. This park was immaculate everyone was so friendly you can tell they took pride in this park. There was a lot of rain when we went so river levels went way up. We launched kayaks from campground beach but there is also a boat ramp not far. This park is relatively small compared to others. There is not much in area. 30-45 minutes to Pensacola. Dollar general and Piggly wiggly grocery not far from park. Outfitter close to rent kayaks and shuttle on river.
The sites at this park are wonderful! Very relaxing and comfortable place. Very scenic and with water nearby. Great bath houses as well that have fun reading boards full of information.
This small, meticulously maintained campground has 30 full hook up sites split evenly between Magnolia Circle and Titi Circle. My only minor complaints are that the usable site space is all on gravel (very small pieces so it should still be comfortable for tents) and some sites are too close to each other. I prefer a grassy area (and some privacy) with my campsite, but the gravel is better for drainage when it rains.
Beautiful Setting With Nearby Trails
There are a couple short trails and a swimming beach at Juniper Lake, but I can't get excited about swimming in an area that has alligator warning signs on the trail along a marshy area near the lake. The Florida Trail for long distance hikers is nearby. The Blackwater Heritage State Trail is a paved trail you can access near Milton for biking, skateboarding, etc. It's 8 miles and then there's a 1.5 mile Military Heritage Trail that continues to a Naval Air Station, but then you'll have to turn around and return the same way.
Canoeing, Kayaking and Tubing
Blackwater River is a popular location for these activities. We passed a rental place that had lots of rental equipment.
See photos for site map as well as several site photos.
All sites are back in with gravel pads except for concrete on 5, 6 and 19.
All sites have a picnic table and fire ring on the gravel. There's green space/trees between most sites.
No separate tent pad but the gravel is small and should be ok for a tent if you have a sleeping pad.
Magnolia Circle: Sites 3 through 5 on Magnolia Circle back up to sites 16 and 17 on Titi Circle. That's a bit close for me, but no one was behind us. Sites 1/2 and 12/13 have no green space between them. I would avoid them unless you want to socialize with your neighbors.
Titi Circle: Just stay at 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27 or 29 on the outside of the circle of you want some privacy. The other sites are too close to neighbors for my comfort.
You're not allowed to tie anything to trees. That seems to rule out hammocks but there's a clothesline between 2 posts; I guess you could fit one hammock.
Full hookup, i.e. electricity, water and sewer hookup, at all sites. Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp outlets.
Super clean restrooms/showers are located between the two loops. Showers had good water pressure and hot water. Even the sinks had hot water.
Instead of trash dumpsters, you're supposed to put your trash by your site post between 8 and 11 am. And there's a recycling barrel for aluminum on the way to the restroom.
This campground is peaceful, sandbar is clean
The campground is very clean and well maintained. Campsites are limited so plan ahead. We loved the trails along the river. There is little to no privacy between sites, but I would love to visit again.
This park kicks off the start of the Florida trail. It's the largest state park in Florida with over 200,000 acres of forest. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain bike trails, running trails, camping, and geocaching. Pets ok in some areas. Pets NOT allowed in some areas!! Glass NOT allowed on beaches!! Both offenses carry steep fines! Know Florida laws! Make your kids wear life jackets! Even if they are uncomfortable. Yes, it can happen to you! Yes, we have dangerous wildlife. Yes, they can climb fences! Bears are protected. Florida Panthers are too. Panthers don't live in this area. If you see one you MUST report the sighting to Florida FWC. Check with forestry to know if camp fires are allowed in you camping area. Not all areas allow camp fires. Be SAFE, use common sense, when in doubt ASK!
Blackwater River State Park has a small campground. However, the sites are spacious and clean. Nice graveled, level sites. Garbage pick up at campsite which is always nice. This is a beautiful area with lots to do within the park and just outside of park. Swimming, hiking, canoeing/kayaking opportunities abound. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Enjoyed our stay! We have stayed here several times,mostly in Spring and Fall.
This is one of my favorites! There are bugs and normal FL stuff, but the river is awesome! If you love trees especially pines….this is the spot. Also GREAT tubing and canoeing!
A fun fact about the Blackwater River is that it is one of the purest sand bottom rivers in the nation.
We really enjoyed this campground :) The hiking trails were quite near and the hikes were fun. The sites were nice sized. The facilities were clean. The setting was more quiet than expected, but that was a pleasant surprise!