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Big Shoals, Falling Creek, Bell Springs
Big Shoals, Falling Creek, Bell Springs

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Biking Fishing Hiking Riding Hunting Wildlife Viewing
Note: Hunting is allowed in permitted areas only.


Big Shoals offers 28 miles of trails, including the paved multi-purpose Woodpecker Trail, and a canoe launch for the outdoor enthusiast. Here you can view the only stretch of major whitewater rapids in Florida.

Visitors may enjoy biking, hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing on administrative roads. Fishing is allowed at the Bell Springs tract. Hunting is allowed on the Big Shoals tract, which is part of the Big Shoals Wildlife Management Area. The Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the Falling Creek and Bell Springs tracts along the river.

For more information on hunting, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at:

Big Shoals Public Lands from White Springs:
Travel north from White Springs on CR 135 and turn right into the Little Shoals entrance or continue 2 miles north on CR 135 and turn right on SE 94th Street (Old Goodwin Bridge Road), which ends at the second entrance into Big Shoals Public Lands.

Falling Creek tract:
Access is by trails through the Little Shoals tract or by river.

Bell Springs tract from White Springs:
Travel south on US 41 to CR 246 (Lassie Black Street NW) turn left and travel north to Morrell Drive NW turn left and follow to the cul-de-sac. Go through the cul-de-sac and gate and the parking area is at the end of the road.

  • Big Shoals – 3,772 acres
  • Falling Creek – 504 acres
  • Bell Springs – 54 acres


January 18, 2019 - 
The Public Camping Area at Goose Pasture Campground Park will be closed until further notice due to wet conditions and vandalism.  The Group Camping Areas A & B are open.  The Group Areas requires a reservation and a group of six campers or more.  The boat launch and the picnic areas are open for day use.  For information call the District office 386.362.1001 or email -  

September 9, 2018 - The Mallory Swamp ATV is now closed and will reopen in April after Spring Turkey Season.

July 24, 2018 - The Ellaville Tract Trailwalker Trail, trailhead, and public access on the south side of Highway 90 near the Suwannee River in Madison County is closed due to timber harvesting operations until further notice.

April 24, 2018 - The Bay Creek tract has been closed to vehicles until further notice due to extreme wet conditions.

August 17, 2017 -
The boardwalk at Pot Springs on the Withlacoochee tract in Hamilton County is closed for renovations.