Blackwater River State Forest

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Blackwater River State Forest
A map of Florida showing the location of Blackwater River State Forest
A map of Florida showing the location of Blackwater River State Forest
LocationSanta Rosa and Okaloosa counties, Florida, United States
Nearest cityMilton
Coordinates30°43′58.44″N 86°52′29.1″W / 30.7329000°N 86.874750°W / 30.7329000; -86.874750Coordinates: 30°43′58.44″N 86°52′29.1″W / 30.7329000°N 86.874750°W / 30.7329000; -86.874750
Area206,900 acres (83,700 ha)
Other informationHiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, boating

The Blackwater River State Forest is in the U.S. state of Florida. It is located in the panhandle, northeast of Pensacola and at 206,900 acres (849 km²) it is the largest forest in the state.


The forest gets its name from the Blackwater River, which rises in southern Alabama and flows through Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties to the Blackwater Bay.

Blackwater River State Forest headquarters is located in the community of Munson, just south of the intersection of State Road Highway 4 and Munson Highway. The eastern edge of the forest extends to the communities of Blackman and Escambia Farms. At the south the forest adjoins the Yellow River Management Area and Eglin Air Force Base. Berrydale community lies to the west of the forest.


The forest offers many recreational opportunities. Multiple camping areas, both developed and primitive are located throughout the forest. Krul Campground has two camp grounds and a day use area. Bear Lake Campground has a campground with water and power and a second campground with only water for tent campers. There is also a pavilion available for use at Bear Lake. To the North is Hurricane Lake with a campground on the north and south shores. The south campground does not have electricity at its campsites. All lakes, excluding Krul lake, are open for fishing and are managed and stocked by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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