Big Shoals State Park, White Springs

4.4
#144 of 260 in Nature in Florida
Welcome to Big Shoals State Park

Big Shoals State Park features the largest whitewater rapids in Florida. Limestone bluffs, towering 80 feet above the banks of the Suwannee River, afford outstanding vistas not found anywhere else in Florida. When the water level on the Suwannee River is between 59 and 61 feet above mean sea level, the Big Shoals rapids earn a Class III Whitewater classification, attracting thrill-seeking canoe and kayak enthusiasts. Over 28 miles of wooded trails provide opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Visitors who wish to view the Big Shoals rapids should park at the Big Shoals parking area and hike approximately 1 mile on the Big Shoals hiking trail (Yellow Blaze trail). There is no vehicle access to either the Big Shoals or Little Shoals rapids. The best way to access Little Shoals rapids is to enter the park through the Little Shoals entrance, drive down road 1 and turn right on road 6. Drive to the end of road 6 where you will park your vehicle and hike approximately 1/2 mile down the Mossy Ravine trail (Blue Blaze trail) until you see the sign for Little Shoals. The Woodpecker Trail, a 3.4-mile long multipurpose paved trail, connects the Little Shoals and Big Shoals entrances to the park. The river offers excellent opportunities for freshwater fishing. A picnic pavilion that seats up to 40 people is available at the Little Shoals entrance.



PHYSICAL ADDRESS MAILING ADDRESS

11330 S.E. County Road 135 P.O. Drawer G

White Springs, FL 32096 White Springs, FL 32096



BIG SHOALS ENTRANCE LAT/LONG COORIDINATES:

30° 21' 08.52" N 82° 41' 25.14" W



LITTLE SHOALS ENTRANCE LAT/LONG COORIDINATES:

30° 20' 39.84" N 82° 44' 10.88" W
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Big Shoals State Park Reviews

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  • Beautiful place to visit! Clean bathrooms, plenty of parking, safe trails, god friendly (on leash), kayak and canoe rentals. Overall awesome experience and will visit again!  more »
  • What a wonderful afternoon! We entered through the Big Shoals entrance and went down the dirt road which was well-maintained. The parking lot is paved and there are nice, clean restrooms before you...  more »
  • Was a tad confused by the two entrances... but there is a 4 wheel drivable road thru the park. Canoe launch is VERY nice but to do have to carry your canoe several hundred yards to get to there.  more »
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  • Great, clean park. Very nice paths. We wish some of the hiking trails were a little more trimmed - the grass on some of the paths was up to my knees/thighs - which brings me to my next point - PREPARE FOR TICKS. We had so many on our shoes and clothes, and I found 3 INSIDE my shirt. Our pup was covered. Nice place, but please prepare for ticks!
  • Amazing secluded park off in the middle of nowhere. .. you drive down a dirt road long past the GPS arrival for what seems like ever, until you arrive upon a small parking lot with well kept bathrooms. The trail to the river was fun and I can't wait to go back and explore some more!
  • Loved the roar of the river! My friend lost his drone in a tree, we had to cross the river on foot to get it. Terrifying after reading the no swimming/Gators... Sign... Still alive and loved the visit there
  • Very few amenities except the rest room. Hike to big shoals was great. Saw a deer and 2 turtles. Fun playing on the shoals. We were the only ones here on a Tuesday.
  • Yes BIG SHOALS is AWESOME!! We love this place and is very well worth the short hike to see!! Entry fee was fair. Bathrooms are VERY CLEAN! Parking is plentiful. We highly recommend this state park when visiting Florida or in the area!!

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