Hike to Big Shoals via Florida Trail

Florida Trailhead

This scenic trail takes you to see a waterfall, as well as Florida's only Class III whitewater.

From the Bell Springs Trailhead, take the unmarked access road into the forest, where it meets with Florida Trail (blue blazes). Hop onto the Florida Trail. You will pass a pool created by Bell Springs, then turn right at the fork.

The terrain becomes a bit trickier as you head into the forest, though the views are good. In 1.1 miles you will reach Robinson Branch Falls, and after this a campsite. 1.4 miles from the campsite you can climb down to a take-out point used by paddlers. Here you can see Florida's only Class III whitewater. Turn around from here to return to the trailhead.

Ticks and poison ivy have been reported on this trail.

Photo Credit: B A Bowen Photography

Pack List

  • Long sleeved clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun protection
  • Water
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RT Distance 2.8 Miles
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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Big Sholes

Beautiful stretch of trail next to the Suwanee River. I would highly recommend it for a day hiking


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