This winding stream flows through the unspoiled Blackwater River State Forest with trees often forming a dense canopy over the river. High bluffs occur in some sections where pine and cedar trees tower above paddlers. The water is coffee colored, the reason why Creek Indians called the river "Oka Lusa" ("black water"). White sandbars provide a perfect place for camping or picnicking. Because of its scenic nature, the Blackwater River is a Florida designated paddling trail.