Blackwater River State Forest

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Ecotourism, voluntourism growing

Vacation does not necessarily translate to lounging anymore. Around the world, tourism trends have headed in a new direction with travelers rolling up their sleeves and working to mitigate their impact on the planet during their time away from the daily grind.   Read the full article in the Aug. 15 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Blackwater River State Forest set to expand

Blackwater River State Forest set to expand

Blackwater River State Forest will expand by 800 acres due to the acquisition of the Florida Forever Project Area Wolfe Creek Forest. Funds for the purchase came from the United States Forest Service and the U.S. Navy. The announcement was made Friday by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. “Florida’s state forests are vital ecological and […]

Area club provides opportunities to stay active and have fun

Area club provides opportunities to stay active and have fun

One doesn’t have to go far to find adventure in this area. There’s even a club for it right here on the Gulf Coast. Launched in Fort Walton Beach more than 15 years ago, the Adventure Club provides outdoor enthusiasts in the area the opportunity to do a variety of activities, including cycling, hiking, kayaking […]

Local racers go ultra

Local racers go ultra

In case marathons aren’t enough of a challenge for those who love such a thing, ultramarathons are climbing in popularity in today’s fitness world. While marathons challenge the runner to trek an amazing 26 miles, ultramarathons are defined as anything that goes beyond that. Fifty miles is the most common distance, while other races cover […]

Road closure in Blackwater River State Forest

Road closure in Blackwater River State Forest

Officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater River State Forest have closed a portion of Sandy Forest Road for bridge replacement and road repair. The road is closed from Munson Highway to Charlie Foster Road. The bridge removal will be done by the Florida Forest Service and the new bridge will be installed by a […]

Despite changes, Panhandle Trace Hike a success

Despite changes, Panhandle Trace Hike a success

Despite the hike being shortened due to weather and a military mission, the 2015 Panhandle Trace Hike was a success. “I thought it went well, said Christine Hale, who led the nine-day hike for the second year in a row. “We had to change the schedule a little bit because of the weather and a […]

Off-road trail opens Saturday

Off-road trail opens Saturday

The grand opening of the Clear Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Trails at Blackwater River State Forest is set for 8 a.m. Saturday. Professional motorcycle rider Ricky Carmichael will ride the trail as part of the celebration. “Ricky is excited that another trail is opening up in the state,” said JH Leale of Ricky Carmichael Racing. “When […]

Update: Drowning victims identified

Update: Drowning victims identified

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the two men who drowned in the Blackwater River. The sheriff’s office identifies the victims as 26-year-old David Peter Florian and 21-year-old Greg David Florian. According to the incident report, the two men were walking with two other people on a sandbar and were swept into […]