Big Shoals, Falling Creek, Bell Springs

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

Allowable Activities

BicyclingFishingHikingRidingHuntingWildlife Viewing

Note: Hunting is allowed in permitted areas only.

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Recreation

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:

Access

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.

Size

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


  1. Gar Pond Tract Closed Mondays - Fridays

    The Gar Pond Tract is closed Mondays through Fridays for land management activities. Read On...
  2. District Tract Access Temporarily Limited to Public Due to COVID-19

    Individual and small group day use of District lands will continue. However, groups larger than 10 people are prohibited on all District lands as of March 18, 2020. Goose Pasture individual camp and group camp sites are closed as of March 23, 2020. Read On...
  3. Closure of District Lands in Lake City on Country Club Road.

    District lands in Lake City on Country Club Road are closed to public access. Read On...