Flowing through the Blackwater River State Forest, Coldwater Creek has some of the swiftest water in Florida. Because it is spring-fed, the shallow water is always pleasantly cool and makes for a perfect paddle for all ages. Flowing for nearly 20 miles through undeveloped land, it is very narrow in spots with a steep gradient. The sandy bottom and broad sandbars will remind you of nearby Gulf Coast beaches. A brisk downstream current helps carry you past pine and hardwood forests. Obstructions could include cypress knees, logs, and wide gravel bars that extend into the stream from sandbars. Because of its scenic nature, the Coldwater Creek is a Florida designated paddling trail.