blackwater river state park

Parks and Rec month offers opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature

Parks and Rec month offers opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy nature

National Parks and Recreation Month was first celebrated more than 30 years ago. It offers people a chance to explore all that parks, both state and local, have to offer. “It’s an opportunity to come out and just explore our parks,” said Corliss Castro, a park ranger at Blackwater River State Park. Read the full […]

Sanborn supporters lament his exit from TDC

Sanborn supporters lament his exit from TDC

Jack Sanborn’s forced resignation from the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council last week came so suddenly that some of his supporters missed their chance to send letters backing him. “I was preparing a letter but he resigned before I could send it,” said Milton City Councilman Alan Lowery, who also sits on the volunteer […]

Castro shifts from secretary role to job as ranger

Castro shifts from secretary role to job as ranger

Corliss Castro never imagined she would become a park ranger. Before getting into the career, she was in a job on the opposite end of the spectrum. “I was a secretary in a medical office and indoors all day,” Castro said. She applied for a secretary position at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City […]

Blackwater State Park popular destination for outdoor lovers

Blackwater State Park popular destination for outdoor lovers

Mention Florida and sunshine and sandy beaches come to mind. But the Blackwater River State Park is far from a hidden treasure. Contrary to what some may think, it’s a destination hot spot. “We get quite a bit of attention,” especially in the hot, summer months,” Park Services Specialist Darryl Hatfield said.  “At the state […]

Roads impacted by flooding in Blackwater River State Park

Roads impacted by flooding in Blackwater River State Park

Heavy rain that drenched most of the area last week flooded two roads in the Blackwater River State Park in Holt. Deaton Bridge Road and Bryant Bridge Road were both overtaken by water but everything is starting to go back to normal now. Deaton Ridge was expected to be open by the end of the […]

Adventures galore in Blackwater River State Forest

Adventures galore in Blackwater River State Forest

Visitors can step back in time in the north end of Santa Rosa County, which offers endless adventures for outdoor enthusiasts in one of the largest state forests. Blackwater River State Forest contains nearly 200,000 acres of undeveloped woodlands and waterways with an abundance of longleaf pine forests, providing scenic vistas and a diversity of […]

Local park part of $11 million makeover

Local park part of $11 million makeover

Blackwater River State Park near Milton is one of 18 state parks and trails across Florida that has received an upgrade during the past 10 months. The project, to renovate restrooms and install a new pavilion roof, cost nearly $100,000. According to the Florida Park Service, 20 projects have  been completed so far with four more to be done by the end of August. The total […]