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Big Shoals State Park, White Springs
(4.1/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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
  • This is a lovely park for moderate to easy hiking. They have honor style entry fees ($5 per car) and clean restrooms with running water. We went on a Monday so there was NOBODY there. We took the Big ...  more »
  • They aren't lying when they say the bugs are moderate-severe here! But as long as you wear bug spray and keep moving this is one of the best hiking trails I have done so far! Just beautiful!! 
  • We are two pretty active 70 year olds, but we had been to White Springs park for a hike and found the trails we tried too difficult. Then we found Big Shoals. The hike to the whitewater was great. It ...  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.