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Northwest Region
Blackwater River State Forest
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Manatee mother and her young show scars from boat propellers
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Spoonbills feeding in Florida waters
Nature of the Area
One of the many outstanding features on Blackwater River State Forest is the many beautiful streams that meander throughout the forest. The most notable of these waterways are Blackwater River, Juniper Creek, Coldwater Creek and Sweetwater Creek. Canoeing on these waterways is a popular activity.

Throughout the northern ranges of the forest where soil types retain more moisture, you will find vegetative species such as: longleaf pine, southern red oak, water oak and dogwood. In the southern ranges of the forest where soil types are coarse with little capacity to hold water you will find vegetative species such as: longleaf pine, turkey oak, post oak, bluejack oak and persimmon. Wiregrass, gallberry, yaupon, wax myrtle, and blueberry are common understory species. Bottomlands support such species as water oak, sweetbay, redbay, titi, American holly, Atlantic white cedar and southern magnolia.

The prescribed burn program on Blackwater River State Forest enhances the habitat of native fauna and flora by controlling the hardwoods and underbrush that can replace the variety of fragile species living on the forest. Control burning allows for the maintenance of the largest remaining fragment of longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem in the world.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 10 Peaceful Camping by Primative Camper
This one our favorite camp sites near Hurricane Lake and Bear Lake around Munson Florida.If you like quite, beautiful sceniery then you should try this location.
April 20 hidden trails by firefly
if you like primitive camping there is alot to offer in this forest just stick to the river and enjoy...dont be afaid to jump in.


Blackwater River State Forest is located in the Florida panhandle northeast of Pensacola. The forest borders the Conecuh National Forest to the north and extends southward toward Eglin Air Force Base. The headquarters for Blackwater River State Forest can be found 20 miles north of the town of Milton on State Road 191 in the community of Munson.


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