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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 the 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent trail but make sure to bring bug spray in the summer months! The best views come when the river is at around 55' and the rapids begin to form, not much but sizable for Florida standards. Even at low water levels it's fun to walk around the shoals and view the potholes/geomorphology of the river.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is not maintained well and we had to stop because it was so overgrown on Rd 18 of the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail, although there's not a lot to look at. We did see a couple deer, and the short boardwalks were neat. Not a lot of shade in spots when the sun is high.

hiking
3 months ago

Visiting Little Shoals is great, but unless you're drenched in bug spray and brought a stick to clear out spiderwebs, I would not take Mossy Ravine Trail to see it. We came out with probably 20 ticks on us and spent most of the trail rushing through swarms of mosquitoes and trying to avoid banana spiders and black widows blocking the path.

There is a gravel road that is a slightly shorter route to Little Shoals, I think it's mostly used by hunters but it's also good for walking. I would definitely take that instead, next time we visit.

I found this trail on my way to Savannah, and was pleasantly surprised at this gem of a trail. When you first park and make your way to the trail, you'll want to watch out for bat poo! There's a bat house built between the parking and the trail head. There are a lot of tree roots across the trail, so if you're as graceful as I am, you may want to start slow. Palmetto lines the trail which makes for some beautiful shots, but my favorite part are the trees that reach over the edge of the riverbed. The sound of the rapids is very relaxing and there are nice lookout areas to rest for a bit before heading back to the trail head.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

Pretty trail along the river. I was just passing thru the area and had no idea what to expect, much less why it is called big shoals. The shoal and beach area was a nice place to sit and relax. Saw many different warblers.

Great hike along the river, plenty of shade along most of the trail and lots of great places to stop and eat lunch. Definitely bring bug spray though, there were quite a lot of mosquitoes even in the morning when the temperature was lower. We took this trail for IDIDAHIKE 2017 with the Florida Trail Association and finished with a trail through White Springs Tract back to the Stephen Foster Tourist Center for about an 8.5 mile hike.

mountain biking
7 months ago

A great paved trail to warm up on before hitting the longer trails in Big Shoal state park.

7 months ago

Nice easy bike ride, clean restrooms and picnic area.

mountain biking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

It's a Nice walk by the river. watch for rattlesnakes though.

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

Really enjoyed the view of the shoals. Would recommend bringing bug spray

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Was a cool hike because the river was running strong over the shoals. Rare sight in FL.