Santa Rosa County
Juniper Creek Trail
Parallels Juniper Creek in northwest Florida
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 Floridaâ€™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. Juniper Creek Trail is blazed orange, and is a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail.