Flowing past unmarred forests, including the Little Big Econ State Forest, paddlers can see a diverse array of wildlife including sandhill cranes, bald eagles, ospreys, hawks, wading birds, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, waterfowl, shorebirds, deer, turkey and sometimes black bear. The Muskogee name for the river means "River of Many Mounds," named for the multitude of Indian mounds found along this waterway. The blackwater river is narrow in places and canopied by cypress and sable palm. It is the second largest tributary of the storied St. Johns River. Because of its scenic nature, the river is a Florida designated paddling trail.