Blackwater River State Park

7720 Deaton Bridge Rd., Milton, 32564
(850) 983-5363
Daily, 8:00am to sunset

This site is a popular swimming, canoeing and picnicking area in warm weather, but offers nice access to floodplain hiking trails good for Yellow-billed Cuckoos and Hairy Woodpeckers in late spring and summer. Broad-winged, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks are common and Wood Thrushes and Prothonotary Warblers breed here. Brown-headed Nuthatches can be found in the uplands; these delightful acrobats are a joy to watch. The brief campground trail and the 0.9-mile Chain of Lakes Nature Trail are best for birding. The trails can be wet at times of high water, so wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy!

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