Originating in the coastal plain swamp in Prince George County, the Blackwater River flows by the border of the City of Franklin to give local and visitors multiple options for recreation. The Blackwater boasts some gorgeous float trips through ancient tree lined wetlands. On any one trip, you can see whitetail deer, numerous waterfowl, raccoons, squirrels and many unique reptile and amphibian species, not to mention a healthy fish population swimming under the water’s surface. There is a double-lane boat ramp with paved parking and bathroom facilities. There is no fishing on the courtesy piers at the boat ramp, but there is ample bank fishing from the shoreline at the nearby Barrett’s Landing Park. Come spend some time on the peaceful Blackwater River.