Florida's Canoe Capital
The little town of Milton, the official "Canoe Capital of Florida" (by an act of the state legislature, no less), is about 20 miles north of Navarre Beach via U.S. 90. Its title is well earned, as the nearby Blackwater River, Coldwater River, Sweetwater Creek, and Juniper Creek are perfect for canoeing, kayaking, tubing, rafting, and paddle boating.
The Blackwater is considered one of the world's purest sand-bottom rivers. It has remained a primordial backwoods beauty, thanks chiefly to Florida's largest state forest (183,000 acres of oak, pine, and juniper) and Blackwater River State Park, 7720 Deaton Bridge Rd., Holt, FL 32564 (tel. 850/983-5363; www.floridastateparks.org/blackwaterriver), where you can closely observe plant life and wildlife along nature trails. The park has facilities for fishing, picnicking, and camping. Admission is $3 per day per vehicle with driver, $1 per extra vehicle passenger, $1 per pedestrian or bicyclist. Campsites cost $12, plus $2 per pet with tags and vaccination papers. For camping reservations, call tel. 800/326-3521.
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