Encompassing 600 acres, Blackwater River State Park is an oasis for paddling, hiking, and tubing enthusiasts. The river sports a sand bottom and sandy banks, the tannin-rich, tea-colored water flowing until it eventually reaches East Bay and then the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, some of the sand banks are so wide that visitors commonly refer to them as beaches. Though the water might look dirty, tannins are naturally occurring compounds originating from tree roots and fallen limbs along the banks of the river.
A boat ramp provides access to the river. If visitors do not have their own, a local outfitter offers rentals of canoes, kayaks, and tubes. Fishing is popular both from boats but also from the shore. The river normally flows 2 to 3 miles per hour, and it averages 2.5 feet deep.
To enjoy the park on land-based trails, two nature paths are open to the public. Winding from the river to open pine forests, they include interpretive signs, wooden benches, and opportunities to view the local wildlife.
For overnight guests, the park includes a campground complete with 30 tent/RV campsites beneath tall longleaf pines. Dogs are permitted, and a playground is available for children.