Big Shoals Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near White Springs, Florida that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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.
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.
It's a Nice walk by the river. watch for rattlesnakes though.
Really enjoyed the view of the shoals. Would recommend bringing bug spray
Was a cool hike because the river was running strong over the shoals. Rare sight in FL.
Great trail nice scenery.
Went out with 2 of my friends and had a great time! The trail runs right next to the Swanee River and there are some really nice spots to stop and take it all in. A must hike for any Florida Hiker!
I really wanted to give this trail 1 star, but it did have like 2 sections that were a nice single track mountain bike trail, especially the part that goes along the river by the big shoals. But the vast majority of the trail was riding through tilled up fire/access dirt/sand roads through the park, and it was miserable. It was horrible. Then to top it all off, the yellow flies are freaking insane. My husband and I rode the entire trail from bottom to top, then rode the loop at the top (which was all spider webs), then decided to take the paved trail back to the car, and were literally chased by probably hundreds of yellow flies the entire way back. They were relentless and made the whole experience worse than it had already been. I would avoid this trail like your life depended on it. And if you decide you do want to ride it, start at the top near the main entrance, then just ride to the Big Shoals rapids and back. That wouldn't be too bad of a ride. But do not even waste your time going on any other trails in the park. Massive waste of time and effort.