Blackwater River State Park Campground, Holt, FL
7720 Deaton Bridge Road
Holt, FL 32564
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 3 pm/Check out at 1 pm.
ACCESS: 8 am - sunset.
MAPS: At Entry Gate
PULL THRUS: Yes
PICNIC SHELTERS: Yes
SITE SURFACE: Gravel/a few are paved
HOOK-UPS: Water & 30/50 Amp
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: Yes
PET FRIENDLY: Yes but not allowed on the beach
Blackwater River State forest
Blackwater River State Park was established in 1967 and opened in 1968. There were 360 acres and in 1981 an additional 230 acres were acquired from the Division of Forestry.
The park and the adjoining Blackwater River State forest are known for their historic trams, sawmills and timber industry. The earliest roads in this area all led to mills.
All along the river are Atlantic white cedars and in 1982, one of the park's cedars was designated Florida Champion, the largest of its species. The park was also designated a Registered State Natural Feature in 1980.
A variety of birds live here and white-tailed deer, bobcats and turkeys are common sites.
The Blackwater River has a sandy bottom and is one of the most pristine rivers in the nation. The river usually flows 2 - 3 miles per hour with an average depth of 2.5 feet and is designated a Florida Canoe Trail.
There are two hiking trails within the park, the Chain of Lakes Nature Trail and the Juniper Lake Nature Trail. We hiked both trails and enjoyed views of the river and the crescent-shaped lakes called oxbows that are created when the river changes course.
There's a longer trail just outside the park entrance in the Blackwater River State Forest. We hiked part of the 8 mile Juniper Creek Trail and enjoyed the wild life and views of the river.
We did not camp here but the park offers two campground loops with 30 campsites offering water, elec and a picnic table. A facility in the center of the two camping loops has hot showers and restrooms. A dump station is located at the entrance to the campground.
A trail from the campground leads to the river and beach area. Canoe rental is available during the summer. We met the volunteers and they were very friendly and willing to give us information about the park. I think we would enjoy camping here but might be a little tight for big rigs.
DIRECTIONS FROM I-10 EAST:
Take exit 31 and turn left onto Hwy 87
Turn Right onto Hwy 90
Turn Left onto Deaton Bridge Road in Harold (3 miles from the park)
DIRECTIONS FROM I-10 WEST:
Take exit 45 and turn right
Turn Left onto Hwy 90 in Holt
Turn Right onto Deaton Bridge Park in Harold (3 miles from the park)