|Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Situated on the banks of the historic Suwannee River, this state park pays tribute to composer Stephen Foster and celebrates Florida's cultural traditions.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park honors one of America's most influential composers and celebrates Florida's cultural traditions. A gateway for the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail and the Florida National Scenic Trail, the park offers luxury riverside cabins, a beautiful campground, cultural events, educational programs and outdoor activities.
The tree-lined Suwannee River with its rock studded banks combines with tannin-stained water to create a picturesque landscape. The Suwannee River is a blackwater stream. Upland mixed forest and upland pine forest generally occur on levees and plateaus paralleling the Suwannee River, on moderate-to-steep slopes within ravines.
The Stephen Foster Museum and Carillon Tower house interpretive exhibits and moving dioramas depicting scenes from some of Foster's most popular songs. The 200-foot-tall Carillon Tower contains the world's largest tubular bell system and those delightful 97 bells play Foster mini-concerts daily.
Visit the Craft Square where demonstrating artists share their talents and offer classes and workshops. A children's playground is located near the Gift Shop where the work of local artists, crafts, toys, books, jewelry and Foster memorabilia are sold. Picnic tables are located throughout the park.
Visitors can explore the outdoors by bicycling, hiking and horseback riding. The Florida National Scenic Trail follows the river through the park. Canoeing and kayaking and freshwater fishing are popular. Local outfitters help with equipment and shuttles.
October events include: Jeanie & Stephen Auditions Oct. 2; Art in the Park Oct. 2; Coffeehouse Concerts Oct. 2; 22nd Annual Quilt Show & Sale Oct 15-17. To learn more about these and other park events, visit www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster.
The park has five riverside cabins and 45 campsites for RVs/tents, some with pull-through sites.
Five riverside cabins accommodate up to six people. These spacious two bedroom cabins have heating and cooling, a gas fireplace, screened porch and kitchenette. They are fully equipped with linens and kitchen utensils. One cabin is ADA accessible. No minimum or maximum stay is required. For the guest's relaxation, televisions and phones are not provided.
The oak-shaded campground has 45 sites with electricity, water, a picnic table and fire ring. Maximum RV length is 45 feet. Two ADA accessible restrooms with showers are located within the campground. A dump station is available. Pets are welcome but must be kept on a six foot leash controlled by the pet's owner.
The campground has a campfire circle and laundry facilities.
Common wildlife seen at this state park includes timber rattlesnakes, gopher tortoises, gopher frogs, alligator snapping turtles, Suwannee cooters and Gulf sturgeon.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
U.S. 41 North
White Springs, Florida 32096
Phone: (386) 397-2733
Located on U.S. 41 in White Springs. From I-75 to State Road 136 (Exit 439), travel east on State Road 136 for three miles. Turn left on U.S. 41. Park entrance is on the left. From I-10 to U.S. 41 North (Exit 301), travel nine miles to White Springs. Park entrance is on the left.
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