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Big Shoals State Park, White Springs

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State Park
Big Shoals State Park is located in Hamilton County, Florida and is a Florida State Park. It is located approximately a mile east of White Springs, off US 41. The park is situated on the Suwanee River and features Limestone bluffs as well as the biggest whitewater rapids in all of Florida. The park also features over 28 miles of hiking and nature trails.
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TripAdvisor
  • We hiked to the shoals and drove around a bit. It was well maintained. There are a variety of trail types and spots to access the river. Picnic areas and restrooms.  more »
  • If you are near White Springs FL make sure you stop by this park. Hike on the well marked trails to see Florida's class 3 Rapids. Clean park, very safe feeling even though no park staff near by.  more »
  • We visited end of December and alas no rapids...Water is low but even so this was a super lovely park with a well maintained and clean trail that leads out to a couple of overlooks. Will definitely re...  more »
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  • Not for swimming VERY steep banks here, and if you want to take the 1+mile hike to see the falls then you better bring something to drink!!! The canoe access is all busted up and closed off right now but bathrooms/shower available and picnic/camping available. We saw a gorgeous little family of baby armadillos here!
  • This is the type of state park you don't usually find in Florida. There are actually rapids here. Very different. We loved it. The main road (entrance to the park?) is a little scary. It's like an old rundown shack. We thought we took a wrong turn. (I've added photos.) Once you get there and take the 20-30 minute hike, you'll find it's worth it.
  • Great trail out to the shoals, nice walk and picnic tables to eat lunch and view the rushing waters.
  • Not impressed. The hiking trails are narrow and you don't see much from the trails. There are a few overlook points but that's all. My husband and I do lots of hiking and won't return. I rather take a drive and hike in the mountains.
  • It is the kind of place you can vitis once and that is enough. Make sure the water is high before going or you won't see rapids, just rocks.