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Big Shoals State Park

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Address: County Road 135, White Springs, FL
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Great Hike

We are two pretty active 70 year olds, but we had been to White Springs park for a hike and found the trails we tried too difficult. Then we found Big Shoals. The hike to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2016
royaltaga
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We are two pretty active 70 year olds, but we had been to White Springs park for a hike and found the trails we tried too difficult. Then we found Big Shoals. The hike to the whitewater was great. It was a relatively easy 2.5 mile hike with the reward being the rapids at the turnaround point. Who knew -... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

This is an easy, short hike for someone with good footing because there are roots in the path along the way. The hike leads to a set of rapids on the Suwannee River. Very nice to see. The park offers picnic tables and restrooms. Total time, including a picnic lunch was about 2 hours.

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Thank Pat M
South Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Hiked 2.5 miles round trip to see the rapids. Water level was just right for it. Nice hike. Not sure what else there is to do as we got there late afternoon and that was all we had time for.

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Thank 12Mel2014
West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We visited the state park on a beautiful day in November. We drove the short distance from Stephen Foster State Park to the furthest enterance of the park. We felt this access lacked signage and we questioned if we made the correct turn. The enterance road is a wide dirt road that cuts through a planted forest. Once at the... More 

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Crystal Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Finally! The water level was perfect to see the Rapids! It is not a strenuous trail but full of roots and cypress knees. Found a geocache also. Several tables to have picnic.

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1 Thank Fishinflwaters
Orlando, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We hiked here on vacation; the trails need some work and the trail maps are not to scale. We hiked the Long Branch trail with our 5 year old son which is marked at less than a mile but turned out to be almost 3 miles, so pack accordingly.

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1 Thank Michael G
Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

It's a beautiful park; if you take the Long Branch Trail keep in mind that is ALOT longer than the 'less than one mile' shown on the park map scale; we logged it as close to 3 miles, so if you're thinking 'quick view' or you have small children, make sure you carry some water and snacks...

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Marathon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Big Shoals is a surprise section of the river, where it drops nine feet in less that a quarter mile, creating Class 3 rapids. That is amazing for Florida. The park is located in a state forest so it is very isolated and quiet. The two-and-a-half-mile round trip is along the river, but we didn’t always see it through the... More 

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Yarm, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Very impressive Swanee river and the both shoals had swelled and where bubbling like the head of a brown beer. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

A beautiful area to get outdoors and connect with nature. Lots of wildlife in the area. Big trees and greenery and the majestic Suwannee river. Plenty of picnic areas . The woodpecker trail is a paved trail from Little Shoals to Big Shoals and is a nice hike. The area is very peaceful. Bring your bug spray the insects are... More 

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