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Big Shoals State Park

Big Shoals State Park is a large parcel of cooperatively managed public land that 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 daytime recreational use including hiking, biking, horseback riding, bird watching and wildlife viewing. There is no vehicle access to either the Big Shoals or Little Shoals rapids. 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 and is permitted with proper licensing. A picnic pavilion that seats up to 40 people is available at the Little Shoals entrance. Limited hunting is permitted in designated areas and is administered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Trail Map

See where this trail will take you, start to finish.



Bicycling, Birding, Canoeing, Equestrian Riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Water Recreation


Grills, Picnic Area, Picnic Area

Fishing Type

Freshwater Fishing, Near Shore Fishing

Guest Information

Family Friendly