Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Touring Blackwater River State Park~

Float down Blackwater River State Park~
Milton's Coldwater & Blackwater Creek offer unbeatable recreation options! 

Whether you call Pensacola home or merely vacation here during summer, exploring Blackwater River State Forest in Milton, FL should be on your to do list if you are looking for fun ways to spend the day!

While many choose camping and fishing along Blackwater RIver State Park, many Pensacola area natives have deep rooted traditions to Tube, Canoe, and Kayak their way through Blackwater River State Park. 

Coldwater Creek through Blackwater River State Forest in Milton, FL~
Enjoy a relaxing Florida day floating down Coldwater Creek through Blackwater River State Forest in Milton, FL~ 
Planning your Milton River Trip
Navigate your way through several fresh water streams throughout Blackwater River State Forest including the two main rivers:  Coldwater Creek & Blackwater Creek. The creek is said to have an average depth of 2 feet throughout the river. Situated along the creeks are numerous sand bars to stop and enjoy a picnic or cold beverage from.  Watch for wildlife and make great memories wading through the rivers. 
Milton, FL River Trip~ Canoe, Kayak and Tube!
Sandbar along Coldwater Creek River Trip~ 

Tubing season runs from mid spring to late summer and even early fall. Both companies recommend an 80+ degree day for tubing as this allows for a pleasant warmer water experience. 

Pick a date- invite your family and friends- and get your cooler packed!  Make sure to bring sandwiches, snacks, water, and canned beer and soda (no glass or hard liquor).  As always in Northwest Florida, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray for maximum enjoyment! 

Kayaker enjoying Blackwater River State Park Milton FL
Kayaker enjoying Blackwater River State Park!
There are two established companies who rent tubes, canoes, and kayaks at Blackwater River State Park. I've personally taken river trips with both and enjoyed both equally. Adventures Unlimited is definitely the larger of the two companies with prices slightly cheaper at Bob's Canoes. Check them both out with more information below.  

Adventures Unlimited- 8974 Tomahawk Landing Rd., Milton, FL 32570 

  • Tubing
  • Canoeing 
  • Kayaking
  • Camping & Cabin Rentals
  • Fishing for large mouth bass, bream, and catfish
  • Overnight Canoe & Kayak 14 & 15 Mile trips
  • Coming soon: Stand up Paddleboards!

Adventures Unlimited offers several trips with variable distances including 4 mile tubing trips, and 4, 7, & 11 mile Canoe & Kayak excursions.  They say the average 4 mile tube trip takes around 3.5 hours to complete. 

Adventures Unlimited in Milton, FL  Blackwater River State Park!
Entrance to Adventures Unlimited in Milton, FL
Blackwater River State Park! 
Trips leave hourly during busy season from 8 am to 3pm. Tubes start approximately $20 per person with canoes and kayaks run $35 to $60. Cooler tubes are also available for $10 and greatly enhances your Blackwater River Trip. 

Adventures Unlimited also offers several unique tours including a Ropes Challenge Course and a new line of Zip Line Canopy Tours. Watch Visit Pensacola's team on an Adventures Unlimited Zip Line through Blackwater River State Forest below~ 

Milton FL river trips
Tree Swing along Coldwater Creek!
Zip line prices range from $89 to $129 per person depending on the course chosen. For more information on Adventures Unlimited times and prices visit their website or call (850) 623-6197.

Bob's Canoes- 7525 Munson Hwy, Milton, FL 32570

  • Tubing
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking

Bob's Canoes offers 5 and 12 mile rides with tubes, kayaks and canoes and also offer overnight options. Trips leave daily on the hours at 9, 10, 11, 12 & 1pm with tubes priced around $17 per person and canoes & kayaks starting around $40 (fits 2 or up to 500 lbs).

For more information, times and prices visit their facebook or call (850) 623-5457. 

Prices for both companies include a shuttle to the departure point upstream from the business locations on Coldwater Creek. 

If you haven't spent a Florida morning on Coldwater or Blackwater Creek, you are missing out.  Do you love to go tubing, canoeing or kayaking in the Pensacola area? Where's your favorite place to go?

See you on the River! 
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