On occasion, folks ask me why we decided to travel around Florida full time in an RV. When the subject comes up, I usually point them to some photos taken at Florida state parks, and that alone tends to clear things up a bit in people's minds.
Once you've had an extended stay at a couple of the places we've been, it's hard to imagine living any other way.
Blackwater River State Park near Milton is one of those places that's best experienced by camping for a few days. Sure, you can do a day trip, but to get the most out of the park, you're going to need a little more time.
The campground isn't very big, but finding a site is usually pretty easy. On our travels, we rarely plan things out ahead of time, and reserve things only a few days in advance. At Blackwater River State Park, we were able to find a spot during the July 4th weekend (probably lucky, now that I think about it), so I'd imagine you should be able to get set up with a reservation a couple of weeks in advance. Still, if you know your plans, do get things reserved as early as possible.
There are 30 sites spread out over two loops, and everything was super clean and well maintained. Even with the park booked solid, we didn't experience any voltage issues (this can happen in the summer months at some places) or feel like the park was overrun with people. Things were about as good as we've had it in some time, and we are definitely looking forward to spending more time here in the future.
Some campers come to just hang out in the campground, but I'd bet most come to spend time on the Blackwater River. Paddling the river deserves its own post, so look for that soon.
Besides just being an awesome park for camping, Blackwater River State Park gets bonus points for having a beach just for campers. At dusk, we'd make our way down to the river and watch some of the most brilliant sunsets we've ever seen.
Do go here, even if it's just for the day. After that, I'm positive you'll be back for a longer stay. It's a fantastic, family-friendly place to spend time in the outdoors.
For more information, check out www.floridastateparks.org/blackwaterriver.