Florida springs are one of the most popular attractions, but there is a river with an alluring landscape that will shake your adventurous spirit. Big Shoals State Park is home to the largest whitewater rapids in Florida boasting 28 miles of thrilling views that are unfamiliar to other areas in Florida.
The raging Class III foamy waters are what makes this traditional paradise unique on its own. Even if you're not particularly interested in the waters, the state park offers hiking, biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.
There are limestone bluffs, with 80 feet above the banks of the Suwannee River providing distinctive views like no other place in Florida. You would have to spend a day trip at this northern haven while exploring the trails to understand the beauty of the Sunshine State.
Whether you get tossed and turned at this whitewater rapids, the rushing waters will provide a thrill unlike any Florida park. Kayaking the Class III whitewater rapids comes with some challenges along the way such as alligators and trees in the river.
The trip length extends 1.5 miles to five miles long with water levels between 59 feet and 61 feet.
According to a TripAdvisor user, Big Shoals State Park has "No sounds of civilization, just pure nature. We saw a lot of brushfoot, hairstreak, and swallowtail butterflies. Plenty of views of the river and a great place to observe the rapids."
The state park also features 28 miles of wooded trails for hiking, running or wildlife viewing. During your exploration, you will discover a bat box at the beginning of the Big Shoals trail where you can hear them flapping their wings.
Fall is a great season to discover Big Shoals State Park due to the variation in vegetation. A place to get in touch with your nature soul indeed.
Big Shoals State Park
Address: 11330 SE. County Rd. 135 or Big Shoals Entrance: 18738 Southeast 94th St., White Springs FL 32096
Why you need to go: This is the largest whitewater rapids in Florida.