Enjoy a cool dip in the Blackwater River at Blackwater River State Park near Milton. The Florida Trail runs right through the park, crossing Deaton Bridge, but your best access to the least-busy broad sandy beach on a river bend is along the Chain of Lakes Trail, an interpretive trail that follows old oxbows left behind as the river changed its course. It starts at Deaton Bridge, too.
Hint: this is a great weekday getaway. On summer weekends, it’s packed!