State Parks: Money Talks!
|Maybe the Blackwater River should be called the Tanwater|
River. Tannins from surrounding vegetation color the water.
The white sandbars are unique for Florida rivers.
|The shallow, sandy bottom makes it easy to walk, but the current is |
pretty strong and a crawdad may scuttle by.
|Outfitters just outside the park rent canoes and tubes. They will drop you off |
at one location and pick you up down river.
|State parks can be educational. Sssshh! Don't tell the kids...|
|Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) blooms await|
|Base of the champion Atlantic white cedar.|
|A champion tree is measured in several ways: diameter, |
height, and spread.
|The needles of the Atlantic white cedar are|
compressed and look they like those on an
arborvitae, which is in the same family
|Some areas in the park have been burned. Here the well-protected buds on the young longleaf pines (Pinus palustris) come out of dormancy.|
|A lupine (Lupinus spp) grows on a sandy bank.|
|The only red-berried greenbrier in Florida:|
|Several pavilions nestled in the forest and overlooking |
the river would provide beautiful locations for events.
So get out and enjoy a Florida state park real soon!