Tallahassee: Big Shoals Loop

Pick one or both of these short, scenic loops to see limestone bluffs, cypress and palmetto forests, and maybe a gator in the marshes of the Suwannee.
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Pick one or both of these short, scenic loops to see limestone bluffs, cypress and palmetto forests, and maybe a gator in the marshes of the Suwannee.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.7

Waypoints

BSL002

Location: 30.3511695861816, -82.6868362426758

R @ wooden walkway; follow trail to L

BSL003

Location: 30.3491706848144, -82.6857070922852

Head L, then R past live oaks and saw palmettos draped in Spanish moss

BSL004

Location: 30.3400497436523, -82.6839065551758

Hear the rush of Big Shoals, a class 3 rapid; white ibises pose in the shallow water. Go L @ Y following blue blazes along the Suwanee River to the loud rapids

BSL005

Location: 30.3345203399658, -82.6980361938476

R @ Y away from river into pine stands. Deer, woodpeckers, and wild turkeys inhabit this quiet space

BSL006

Location: 30.3402996063232, -82.6950531005859

R @ T; take Road 18E through fl oodplain forest of cypress, tupelo, hickory, and maple

BSL007

Location: 30.3416805267334, -82.6848831176758

Forest road narrows, crosses cypress swamp on bridge. Return to WPT 4, retrace route to WPT 1. Loop #2: This 1.9-mile loop heads N from lot on Long Branch Trail

BSL008

Location: 30.3554401397705, -82.6856002807617

Climb to bluff. Trail doubles back to R three times, then switchbacks L. Stay alert: Gators Sometimes stalk in river

BSL009

Location: 30.3585605621338, -82.6820831298828

Head inland past a flooded cypress forest

BSL010

Location: 30.3593692779541, -82.6892700195312

L @ bridge; ahead, trail twists and turns along a small depression where pointy-faced armadillos sometimes dart past

BSL011

Location: 30.3570308685303, -82.6885833740234

Bear L @ gopher tortoise display; trail widens

BSL012

Location: 30.353120803833, -82.6889877319336

L @ T then L again onto paved road to return to parking area