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Big Shoals State Park

County Road 135, White Springs, FL
+1 386-397-2733
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Entrance/Road WARNING

We bypassed the first unpaved entrance figuring there'd be a visitor center or something more at... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Solitude, beautiful views, no road noise.

The views and activity will vary with water levels; and the river can only be navigated when above... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
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“class rapids” (3 reviews)
County Road 135, White Springs, FL
+1 386-397-2733
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

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 into thick, soft sand. The road was not wide enough to turn around and...More

Thank lovestotravelohyeah
Reviewed 3 June 2017

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 the parks main website. The pictures with this...More

2  Thank Wanderlust_at_dawn
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

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 repellent lol! After all, it's...More

Reviewed 30 April 2017

Miles and Miles of Mult-use trails. One along the Suwannee River rapids. Most trails are just sand but there is one thats tree and a half miles long that is black top, for bikes and for jogging. the water in the Suwannee was low so...More

Thank dhartman
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I only had a few hours to visit and wished I could have stayed longer. I hiked the Woodpecker Trail and then the trail along the Suwanee River to see the rapids. It was quiet and lovely. I saw birds, butterflies, deer and armadillo during...More

3  Thank Janna64
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

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.

1  Thank susan65345
Reviewed 9 March 2017

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.

1  Thank carlachart13
Reviewed 26 December 2016

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 return, would love to see what these rapids...More

2  Thank MaeHem50
Reviewed 12 November 2016

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 Shoals trail which parallels the river....More

2  Thank Laura M
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

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!!

1  Thank Lindsay M
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