Sitting at the edge of both Blackwater River State Forest and Eglin Air Force Base, Milton offers access to outstanding array of trails. More than 60 miles of the Florida Trail slips through these two extensive public lands, with comfortable campsites for backpackers.
Paddlers can put in at a variety of locations throughout the region to try out Coldwater Creek, Juniper Creek, or the Blackwater River, all tannic streams with a strong flow. Blackwater River State Park has nice white sand beaches along the river’s shore. And of course, it’s not much of a drive down to Navarre Beach for a day on the sparkling sands of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Blackwater Heritage State Trail, one of the state’s oldest rail-trails, starts in downtown Milton and heads north through forests and bogs to end just outside Whiting Field. And a riverwalk along the Blackwater River offers a contemplative place for a stroll past a veteran’s memorial downtown.
Hiking through the Yellow River Ravines section on the Panhandle Trace Hike was a new experience for us all, as it’s a newly opened segment of trail near Milton.
With our switcheroo on the previous day – skipping the burned zone of the Jackson Trail to walk the Juniper Creek Trail back to the campground – Day Four of the Panhandle Trace Hike had us headed northbound for the first time on this trek. Peggy had hikers going in all directions and for different …