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Boardwalk through a cypress swamp at Blackwater River

Boardwalk through a cypress swamp at Blackwater River

This boardwalk nature trail leads through a cypress swamp to pavilions and beaches on the Blackwater River. The largest white cedar in Florida grows here.

Blackwater River State Park, Florida

Date photographed: April 3, 2015
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White sand and coffee-colored water on the Blackwater River

White sand and coffee-colored water on the Blackwater River

The big attraction at Blackwater River is the white sand of its beaches. The water, although tinted brown, is pure and clear.

Blackwater River State Park, Florida

Date photographed: April 3, 2015
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Blackwater River is popular for its beaches and tubing

Blackwater River is popular for its beaches and tubing

The Blackwater River gets its name from the organic compounds such as tannin that color its waters - actually very similar to iced tea.

Blackwater River State Park, Florida

Date photographed: April 3, 2015
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I knew there was an alligator in there, even though I couldn't see it

I knew there was an alligator in there, even though I couldn't see it

Any pond or bit of seasonal wetland in Florida is likely to be home to an alligator. I couldn't spot one here, but I knew it was there.

Blackwater River State Park, Florida

Date photographed: April 3, 2015
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Longleaf pine forest

Longleaf pine forest

Forests of longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) were once widespread but decimated by logging. Good examples hold on at Blackwater River.

Blackwater River State Park, Florida

Date photographed: April 3, 2015
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The grasslike clump is a young longleaf pine

The grasslike clump is a young longleaf pine

One of the distinctive aspects of longleaf pine is the unbranched "grass" stage seen here. These clumps of needles are very resistant to fire and persist for five to ten years as the pine puts down roots, then in a spurt of growth, becomes a tree.

Blackwater River State Park, Florida

Date photographed: April 3, 2015
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Longleaf pine forest is being restored

Longleaf pine forest is being restored

Longleaf pines were destroyed by logging then prevented from regenerating by fire suppression and hog grazing. An effort is underway by an alliance of state and federal agencies to restore these biologically diverse forests.

Blackwater River State Park, Florida

Date photographed: April 3, 2015
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Brick road from 1921

Brick road from 1921

A stretch of brick road from 1921, the original Highway 90 that preceded Interstate 10 through the Panhandle.

near Blackwater River State Park, Florida

Date photographed: April 3, 2015
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