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Big Shoals State Park

County Road 135, White Springs, FL
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Hahira, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We did the WALK (all 3.4 miles in each direction for nearly 7 miles of hiking in the 101 degree heat), and if this place wasn't as beautiful as it was, I would have hated life. It's a LONG hike along the Hummingbird paved trail from Little Shoals to Big Shoals (with 2 kids, arthritis, and the heat) but we... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I am only rating this as average because of the severe flooding in the area when we were there. We wanted to see the rapids and canoe them but were unable to. We will return to this park to canoe the rapids and hike when the flooding is gone. Just drving around it though it seemed like a great place... More

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

This is our second trip here in four years and we see the continuing effort to build on the trails. We did the rapids trail and enjoyed a river side picnic it is a peaceful location and nicely kept. The only scary part was the local dogs who chased our car down the long country road leading into the park.... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We took our kids and did a couple hours hiking there. You will pass the sign of little shoal entrance and then turn when you see the sign of big shoal entrance. It is a little bit driving to find the parking lot. So if you feel why I still can't see the parking lot, just hang on and you... More

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Lake City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

This is a great place to bring a picnic and check out the river. They also have a nice walking trail that runs along the river. The shoals size and really vary depending on the water level in the river.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Beautiful view of the rapids at the end of a short trail. There are plenty of creatures to see. I would pair this trip to a visit to the Stephen Foster park. The entrance to the Big shoals public area is not very well marked. It is at the end of a dirt road. There is no park ranger. The... More

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We have taken two sets of guests to this place and both of them mentioned how peaceful and quiet it was there. The hiking trails are well marked. For those who enjoy taking photos, down by the river is best. Once finished the hike, well maintained restrooms are by the parking lot.

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Perry, Florida, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This is such a naturally beautiful place. We walked all around just looking at the water and foliage. We took a picnic to sit and enjoy as well.

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North Port, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The paths you can hike here are magnificent. The sound of the Suwannee River as it rushes over Big Shoals is awe inspiring...then you get to see it....in all of it's majesty. There is delightful nature all around you and the park makes you feel so welcome in it's embrace. If you like hiking and breath taking scenic views, don't... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I entered through the Little shoals entrance and wasn't too sure where I was going. I followed a sign towards big shoals and found myself on this narrow sandy road through the woods. My rental car handled it fine but it was one of those moments where you're driving and you're not sure whats around the next corner and just... More

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