Florida Recre­ation Area

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Cold­wa­ter Recre­ation Area, lo­cated in the Black­wa­ter River State For­est, is a 45-minute drive north of Pen­sacola, Fla. It’s open year-round; top rid­ing sea­sons are fall, win­ter, and spring.

The recre­ation area of­fers 69 miles of trails and United States For­est Ser­vice roads. The well-marked trails are pre­dom­i­nantly flat with sandy foot­ing. Sev­eral of the trails follow and cross clean streams, such as Black­wa­ter Creek. The for­est con­tains one of the largest re­main­ing lon­gleaf pine forests in the world.

Pre­scribed burns in the area pro­mote habi­tat for quail, red-cock­aded wood­peck­ers, go­pher tor­toises, and other na­tive species.

Equine fa­cil­i­ties in­clude barn stalls; large, cov­ered pan­eled stalls; and open pan­eled stalls. Shav­ings, wheel­bar­rows, and pitch­forks are avail­able. You may also graze your horse on a one-acre pad­dock, 30 min­utes per horse. Other ameni­ties in­clude a 50-foot round pen and con­crete wash racks.

Camp­sites are avail­able with and with­out wa­ter and elec­tric­ity. Re­strooms and show­ers are nearby. There’s also a din­ing hall and a cov­ered pavil­ion. Reser­va­tions are re­quired for the sta­bles, camp­sites, and din­ing fa­cil­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (850) 9576161, or go to www. freshfromflorida.com.

Cold­wa­ter Recre­ation Area’s equine fa­cil­i­ties in­clude barn stalls; large, cov­ered pan­eled stalls; open pan­eled stalls; a one-acre grazing pad­dock; and a 50-foot round pen.

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