Blackwater Heritage State Trail

Milton, Florida

Distance8.3mi
Elevation Gain235ft
Trailhead Elevation81ft
Top85ft
Elevation Min/Max6/85ft
Elevation Start/End81/81ft

Blackwater Heritage State Trail

Blackwater Heritage State Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Milton, Florida. It is 8.3 miles long and begins at 81 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 235 feet. Along the trail there is parking. Near the end of the trail is a wetland. This trail connects with the following: Military Heritage Trail.
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Blackwater Heritage State Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is the westernmost rail-trail in the state, extending from the small community of Milton in the south to Whiting Field Naval Air Station (NAS) in the north. It’s actually two trails, one managed by the Florida Park Service (Blackwater) and the other by the U.S. Navy (Military), but it’s hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins.

It’s mostly a rural trail, with only a few dwellings at some of the crossroads once you leave Milton and before you get on the military base. There are some nice creek crossings on wooden bridges with few hills or grades. This is a pleasant trip for the whole family with lots of access and safe travel. Surface: Asphalt; 12 feet wide. Location: Santa Rosa County."

Blackwater Heritage State Trail Reviews

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4/26/2010
Nice trail, very smooth. Everything was green and blooming as we pedaled. Good ride that about anybody could do.
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6/16/2009
A very nice, well maintained, scenic trail. The first four miles the trail goes over flowing streams, alongside preserved wetlands, and through lush green forest. The trail begins in the city but by the end you feel you are in teh middle of nowhere. Plenty of wild rabbits to observe near the end. The trail is perfect for bikers, joggers and walkers. Highly recommended!
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3/1/2009
Great trail for an afternoon ride. Trail is well maintained and safe. I live about 30 miles away so we have gone often with our dog and have always had a great experience. Take plenty of water with you and a snack to enjoy when you rest beneath the shade trees on one of the benches out there. About mid way there is also a porta-potty for convenience.
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2/20/2009
We trekked the 8.5 mile section around Bear Lake and the Sweetwater Trail. We saw a lot of wildlife and birds, and it was an easy hike. I took some great photos that are on my account. I was great for a local hike, and maybe further away in my opinion.
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8/25/2008
A visitor to the town of Milton, I was thrilled to find a well paved trail to run and ride on! Once I started biking, I was thrilled to go beyond the train depot and there I found some beautiful peacocks roaming along with other animals in a yard! Everyone you pass is friendly, though you can find yourself out in the middle of "nowhere," when you get close to Munson Highway. That's when I turn around. To make it all the way out to Whiting Field, I'd have to have someone come along...just to be safe
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7/23/2008
Not much to see on this short hike by the river and through some of the local forest. Probably a nice stroll if you live close by, but definately not worth an extended drive.
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7/1/2008
The is a nice trail, paved trail that is. I took my mountain bike expecting some off road but was sadly let down. So now I take my road bike.
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11/7/2006
Blackwater River State Forest – Juniper Creek Trail Blackwater River State Forest offers a natural retreat set amidst the beautiful rolling hills of northwest Florida. Reaching from Conecuh National Forest along the Alabama border toward Eglin Air Force Base, the state forest is Florida’s largest at nearly 190,000 acres. The area is characterized by its many streams, including the namesake Blackwater River, which flow gently south as they make their way to the Gulf of Mexico. Certified as a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail, the Juniper Creek Trail runs through the state forest parallel to Juniper Creek. The trail is particularly inviting in spring when wild azalea, Florida anise, and mountain laurel bring beautiful blooms of color. At its southern end, it meets the Blackwater River, considered to be one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the world. I began my day at the North trail head at Red Rock Road Area. The trail is a total of 8.8 unpaved and can be done in a day. I chose to get in a quick walk through to the shelter and back. The Trail followed the creek and had little to no elevation changes (not bad for Florida). Make sure you head towards the shelter area, because I believe this area has the best scenery and if you pay attention you'll find a nice sandbar to relax on. Weather was perfect and couldn't ask for a better day. I look to continue on to the Jackson Red Trail.
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4/3/2006
I did this hike from the Sweetwater Trail Head at Kurl Lake. From there, hiked to Bear Lake and around it. From Bear Lake hiked over to the Jackson Trail. I thought this was a very nice place, Sweetwater Trail and the trail around Bear Lake are well maintained and well marked. The Lake is beautiful and the trails are pretty flat, so you can cover a lot of ground in one day. There was one place on the connector trail to Jackson Trail where the trail was hard to see, however it is very well marked with blue blazes so I had no problem getting there. I hope to get back some time and hike the Jackson Trail.
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3/2/2006
A well manintained path. The urban start point (South to North) makes for quite a few road crossings and stop signs within the first 2 miles. When the city is behind you the gentle grade of the railway bed provides a platform to ride at a comfortable pace. The trail provides a good overview of North Florida terrain.
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Trail Information

Milton
Nearby City
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Skating
Additional Use
Blackwater Forestry Center
Blackwater River State Park
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Sep 2018