14.0 miles
263 ft
-263 ft
133 ft
High Point

Note: During hunting season, the park hosts limited hunts only. Be
sure to check the hunt schedules in the spring and fall.

Description: The Big Shoals traditional route starts with the Beavor Loop trail. From the Beavor Loop trail, follow the signs for Big Shoals. The singletrack Ravine trail follows an old wagon road over
Bottom Bay Creek and winds through levees and flatwoods to the Little Shoals river overlook. Doubletrack leads to the Palmetto trail, a singletrack section that goes to the Big Shoals overlook. This is a great place for pictures where the river flows over a series of bedrock ledges and drops to create a spectacular section of white water. Continue to ride the shared hiking/biking singletrack to the Big Shoals parking lot and picnic area and restrooms. Next ride the Long Branch Loop located across from the restrooms. There are two options to return to the Beavor Loop trailhead. Ride Road 1, a
natural surface road running parallel to the paved Woodpecker trail, with some small stream crossings back to the parking area. Then continue on Road 7 back to the Beavor Loop. Or ride the relaxing
3.4-mile paved Woodpecker trail to the Little Shoals tract parking area and return to HQ by turning left on CR 135.

Trailhead directions: Turn left on Hwy. 41. Follow the directions to access the Beavor Loop trailhead (before the Hwy. 41 bridge). You can also ride/drive to the Little Shoals entrance on CR 135.
From Hwy. 41, turn left on CR 135 and continue for a couple of miles. Turn right at the first entrance for Little Shoals park. There is another entrance that is further down CR 135 that goes to the
Long Branch (Big Shoals) parking area and canoe launch for the Big Shoals park. This unpaved road is sandy. There is an entrance fee to use the state park.

Detailed Description
Big Shoals Route is a 14 mile popular intermediate route located near White Springs Florida. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 263 ft with a max elevation of 133 ft then descends -263 ft.
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Trails in Route

Beavor Trail702 ft
Ravine Trail1 mile
Road 41 mile
Palmetto Trail2 miles
Road 14 miles
Road 74,642 ft
Beavor Trail722 ft


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More Stats for Big Shoals Route mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    22 hr 36 min
  • Altitude min
    71 ft
  • Altitude start
    101 ft
  • Altitude end
    102 ft
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  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    8 miles


  1. Walk northeast on Main Loop.
  2. Continue for 300 meters.
  3. Walk southeast on Main Loop.
  4. Continue for 5 kilometers.
  5. Walk northeast on Main Loop.
  6. Continue for 6 kilometers.
  7. Walk southeast on Main Loop.
  8. Continue for 2.5 kilometers.
  9. Walk northwest on Main Loop.
  10. Continue for 8 kilometers.
  11. Walk west on Main Loop.
  12. Continue for 300 meters.
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Beavor Trail
Apr 26, 2024 @ 2:01am
Apr 26, 2024
The wet and muddy spots have dried out, and it's only a bit soft in spots, but otherwise clean reporter
Road 1
Apr 26, 2024 @ 2:01am
Apr 26, 2024
The beaver dam is still flooding a section, so jumping over to the Woodpecker Trail is required. The other water crossings are low enough that they're easily managed reporter
Palmetto Trail
Apr 26, 2024 @ 2:01am
Apr 26, 2024
The trail is fast and clean and dry. At the southern end the river has flooded the little bridge, so it is an in and out trail now. reporter
Road 7
Apr 16, 2024 @ 6:54am
Apr 16, 2024
Several water puddles reporter
Ravine Trail
Mar 31, 2024 @ 4:24am
Mar 31, 2024
Wet from the bridge until the climb, and then the descent to Little Shoals is wet. reporter
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