Big Shoals State Park
Big Shoals is home to the largest whitewater rapids in Florida. With limestone bluffs, towering 80-feet above the banks of the Suwannee River, Big Shoals offers outstanding views 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. Please contact the Ranger Station for accurate river levels.
Big Shoals has over 28-miles of wooded trails providing opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Visitors that 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 to 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 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 is a 3.4-mile long multipurpose paved trail, that connects the Little Shoals and Big Shoals entrances to the park. The river offers excellent opportunities for freshwater fishing. At the Little Shoals entrance, a picnic pavilion that seats up to 40 people is available.
Spring time at the park is truly magnificent! Wild Azaleas, Dogwoods, Redbuds, Yellow Jasmine, just to name a few add beautiful color and wonderful smells along the many trails at the park. This is a park you'll long remember.
There are fantastic bird watching opportunities as the park is along the Great Florida Birding Trail. Anyone that sticks around for the sunset will be able to see hundreds of Mexican Free-Tailed Bats fly out of the bat house that is located at the Big Shoals entrance. Definitely, a sight to see! While exploring please be prepared! Remember to stay hydrated and wear appropriate footwear, bug spray and sunscreen are good items to have on hand as well!