Big Shoals State Park, White Springs

#147 of 182 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 »
  • 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.
  • Make sure to go to Big Shoals if you want to see the rapids, and pay for parking at Big Shoals, not Little Shoals. The Suwanee River is a historically significant river and should be respected for its beauty. I passed through on a long drive to go for a quick 3 mile hike. Bring a map, it can get confusing. Remember to respect the locals. There is a dirt road leading up to the park, so don't go on a rainy day unless you have 4x4
  • A little hidden secret in North FL so worth going and checking out... I did find the map they provided was not all that great but I do recommend taking a pic of the map they have their on site it is a lot bigger and has all the other hidden roads.
  • Who knew Florida had rapids and hills?! The hike was not difficult, the trail was clear and close to the river, and the shoals were very cool. You're even able to get to the river and play on the rocks with a little bit of work. Lots of birds & wildlife. Very nice hike for a quick afternoon visit.
  • Beautiful nature park, with hiking, bicycle trail, fishing on the Suwannee River, picnic area.

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