Stroll the Blackwater on Milton’s Riverwalk

Published on July 09, 2012 with No Comments

The lifestyle in Milton is more “old Florida” — steeped in nature and shaped by water, especially the Blackwater River, which, from the beginning, has wended its way through both the town of Milton and the lives of everyone who resides here.

In keeping with our old-world values, Riverwalk Park runs along the banks of the Blackwater River in historic downtown Milton and offers a walking dock that provides easy access to the city’s attractions. At the north end lies Carpenters Park and Milton’s Riverwalk Gazebo, a wonderful place to enjoy beautiful views of the river and waterfowl. Both locations are popular for weddings, receptions and small private gatherings.

At the south end of the Riverwalk is the Veteran’s War Memorial and Russell Harber Park, which features a floating dock, boat ramps and a large open park with picnic shelters and a pavilion that can be reserved for a small fee. Milton’s Riverwalk also boasts a farmers market that sells delicious locally-grown fruits and vegetables and an outdoor bazaar with unique family-owned shops and eateries.

Recently, the City of Milton commissioned a Master Plan for Riverwalk Park that will connect existing features and amenities with new attractions to encourage more people to use the park on a regular basis. In addition to common-sense items like public restrooms and parking, new features will include a public dock, splash pad for children, dog park, and a solar-powered covered market with a central fountain.

The Master Plan will also place an emphasis on using ecologically sustainable materials and green technologies while preserving the natural habitat, including stands of mature trees, wetlands and protected species. The vision for the new Riverwalk Park is to connect recreational and retail opportunities with tree-lined walkways, shaded seating areas and lookouts and wide riverside decks, and provide a park experience that is both enjoyable and ever-changing.

FUN FACT: Though darkened by tree tannins that enter its waters, the Blackwater River is one of the purest rivers in the nation, boasting sandy bottoms and crystal-white sandbars.

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