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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

 Activities at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Bicycling

Bicycling

Foster’s Hammock Loop Trail is an 8-mile single track mountain biking and hiking trial. Catfish Hole, the Suwannee River Overlook, “Beavor Crossing” and other unique areas along this scenic trail provide bikers with an exclusive adventure throughout the Upper Suwannee River Valley’s diverse topography. Bikers will traverses some of the most beautiful natural features including high river bluffs and limestone outcroppings, fun elevations throughout the floodplain swamp forest, and many other beautiful and scenic natural communities within the 800 acre park.

Both on-road and off-road trails wind through a beautiful countryside in the Suwannee River Valley. Trails are available to meet or challenge a range of riding skills levels for the entire family. The Suwannee Bicycle Association hosts a Fat-Tire Festival in White Springs in the autumn and weekend rides throughout the year. The town of White Springs has accommodated bicyclists with marked riding lanes through town along Highway 41. A variety of trail challenges is an easy ride away at Big Shoals Public Lands where 33 miles of trails take riders through thirteen natural communities.

Download our Trails Map (PDF - 0.44KB).

Cabins

Cabins

Located along the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, each of 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. Picnic tables and grills are conveniently located at each cabin.  One cabin is ADA accessible.

On weekends and holidays there is a two night minimum stay unless only one night is available between two confirmed reservations.

 

Pets are not permitted in cabins.

For the guest's relaxation, televisions and phones are not provided.

Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287. Pets are not permitted in cabins.

Cabin Rental: $100.00 per night, plus tax.

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Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

Located near the Suwannee River, the campground offers 45 oak-shaded sites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring. All campsites are ADA accessible.  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.

Close by are miles of trails for off-road bicycling, hiking and horseback riding. Also, within walking distance is the Museum and Carillon Tower which houses exhibits and dioramas depicting scenes from some of Foster's most popular songs. Group tours are available with advance notice. The carillon's electronic roller plays Foster tunes daily.

Maximum RV length = 100 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Camping, Group

Camping, Group

Two primitive group camping areas can accommodate up to 20 people at each location. Carter Camping area and Cable Crossing Camping Area are situated behind the park's campground on River Road. Carter Camp is located approximately 1,500 feet from the park's main campground and Cable Crossing primitive camping area is located adjacent to the Suwannee River. Each camping area has a picnic table and a group fire ring. Sites are primitive and do not have running water, electricity or restrooms. Parking is limited and the camps are accessed through a dirt road off of the main campground. Collection of firewood or cutting of trees is prohibited. Firewood is for sale at the park entrance station. Call the park for reservations at (386) 397-4331.

Camping, Youth

Camping, Youth

The youth group camping area accommodates up to 20 people. Sites are primitive. Call the park for reservations at (386) 397-4331.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

For about six months a year water levels in the Suwannee make the river accessible only by canoe. In the springtime wild azaleas crowd the ridgeline above the river. During periods of low water flow, limestone outcroppings, small caves, rock formations and overhangs can be enjoyed along the river course. Alligators and turtles can be viewed in their natural habitats. Canoeing also affords visitors excellent fishing opportunities. Canoe liveries are available locally.

Fishing

Fishing

Fresh water fish are plentiful, especially when traveling the river by canoe. Large-mouth bass, black crappie, known locally as speckled perch, channel catfish, and many types of sunfish and bream are swimming and breeding in the waters year-round. A fishing license may be required.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Foster’s Hammock Loop Trail is an 8-mile single track mountain biking and hiking trial.  Catfish Hole, the Suwannee River Overlook, “Beavor Crossing” and other unique areas along this scenic trail provide hikers with an exclusive adventure throughout the Upper Suwannee River Valley’s diverse topography.    Hikers will traverses some of the most beautiful natural features including high river bluffs and limestone outcroppings, fun elevations throughout the floodplain swamp forest, and many other beautiful and scenic natural communities within the 800 acre park.

 

Carter Camp Trail is a multi-use trail for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. The four-mile trail winds through piney flatwoods and along a river flood plain hammock. Alongside the Suwannee River visitors can see limestone outcroppings and rock formations. Gopher tortoise, box turtles, alligators, white-tailed deer, wood ducks and many bird species are companions along the forested trail. A portion of the trail is designated as part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, which travels approximately 100 miles through north central Florida. Maps of trails are available in the local community. Proof of a negative Coggins test is required for horseback riding.

 

Download our Trails Map (PDF - 0.44KB).

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

We have multi-use trails in the Carter Camp trail that make up about a four-mile course that can be used for horseback riding. Proof of negative Coggins test is required.

Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive Exhibit

The 200 foot tall, Stephen Foster Carillion Tower was constructed in 1957. There is a 97 bell carillon system installed in the tower making it the world’s tubular bell instrument. Bell concerts may be heard daily.

Museum

Museum

The museum was built in 1950 and features eight dioramas depicting Stephen Foster songs. Also on display are historic pianos and the desk where Stephen Foster penned the final touches to Florida’s state song “Old Folks at Home” or commonly called “Way Down Upon the Suwannee River.” Guided tours are available for groups by calling (386) 397-4408.

Pets

Pets

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. They must be kept on a 6-foot leash at all times and can not be left unattended for more than a half-hour. Dogs are not permitted in our buildings or cabins and may not be allowed at some special events. If you are planning to bring your pet to a special event, please call the park in advance to confirm pet access.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

Stephen Foster’s new 10 Table Picnic Pavilion with beautiful pine ceilings.  The perfect location for your family reunion, birthday party, wedding or reception, and much more!  Conveniently located near the playground, craft square and gift shop, river gazebo and vacation cabins.  $75.00 per day/plus tax.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnic tables are located throughout the park, in tall pine groves and beneath shaded oaks. Tables are available near the carillon, at the childrens playground, near the museum, and Nelly Bly's Kitchen. Each campsite in the park also has a picnic table.

Playground

Playground

Stephen Foster offers two playgrounds. One is conveniently located within the campground and one is near the picnic pavilion and cabins.

Weddings

Weddings

Majestic oaks and the legendary Suwannee River make this park the perfect place for your dream wedding. With so many beautiful backdrops it’s hard to choose just one. Multiple locations are available for rent within the park including two on-site reception facilities, a caterer’s kitchen, amphitheater, covered pavilion, River Gazebo, azalea and camellia gardens, and museum and tower lawns. Fully equipped cabins with wrap around porches and shaded campsites are available for overnight accommodations. Please call for prices and availability (386) 397-4331.

For photos and more information, download Your Dream Wedding at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park (PDF - 1.57KB)

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park.