Big Shoals State Park, White Springs

#152 of 184 in Nature in Florida
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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  • We bypassed the first unpaved entrance figuring there'd be a visitor center or something more at the next entrance 2.5 miles further. Right. That road started as hard-pack but quickly deteriorated int...  more »
  • The views and activity will vary with water levels; and the river can only be navigated when above 51 feet (below this and rocks/shoals appear out of the water). You can find the water level data on t...  more »
  • The scenery is spectacular. You have to be ready to put on your hiking boots, running shoes , to hike to the Shoals or canoe. If your a nature person, this is the place for you! Don't forget the bug r...  more »
  • Great trails and gorgeous surrounding! We took the big shoals trail which runs along the river and saw a giant river otter then took rd 18 which we then saw an armadillo and plenty of birds, then took rd 2 back up to the parking area. Awesome hike of about 3.5 miles. Wouldn't consider the hike strenuous at all.
  • Went to ride the horse trails. Parking is way back in from the road and if you met someone coming the other way it would be a problem. Trails have lots of rock in some areas in others the trail is sandy. A few water crossings which is nice.
  • This was a beautiful area to visit. You are able to drive your car through the park which is approx. five miles before the end of the trail. From here it is a one mile hiking trail to the big shoals. The trail markers are not very descriptive and you will not have cell service. Hang a few markers on trail signs so you know how to get back to your vehicle. Seeing class three rapids in Florida is rare and worth the trip. At the bottom of the shoals (end of the rapids) we spotted a 10 foot gator beached in the sand on the side of the river. I do not advise swimming in this area.
  • Great place to enjoy natural Florida. We love the hiking and biking paths.
  • Amazing experience kayaking in and camping for the night. We loved hearing the shoals lull us to sleep.

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