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Special Events On the Suwannee River


Photograph of the stage and audience of the Florida Folk Festival.

Big Shoals State Park

  • 1ST DAY HIKE
    Date: Thursday, January 01, 2015
    Description:

                                                            STATE PARK TO HOST 2nd Annual First Day Hike

                                                                       - A new experience with every step-

     

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host its Second Annual First Day Hike on 1/1/15 at Big Shoals Public Lands.

    Park Rangers will be leading an educational/cleanup hike on the Big Shoals hiking trail. Join us as we explore the environment around you and help us keep our parks clean.

    This is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends while learning about some of Florida’s abundant natural resources. This program is free with regular park admission of $4.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people). Parking will be available at the Big Shoals parking area.


    Fees: This program is free with regular park admission of $4.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people).
    Contact: For more information, call 386-397-4331.

Manatee Springs State Park

  • FIRST DAY HIKE
    Date: Thursday, January 01, 2015
    Description:

    Start the year out on the right foot, left foot, any foot!  Join a Park Ranger at Manatee Springs State Park for a New Year’s Day Hike along a 2.3 mile loop trail.  The pace is slow and comfortable and along the way we will stop and talk about what we see.

    What to bring: Water, insect repellant, closed toed shoes, binoculars (optional) and smiles!


    Fees: This event is free with park admission of $6.00 per vehicle.
    Contact: For more information, call 352-493-6072.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

  • FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (TAKING PLACE DEC 5TH THRU 31ST, EXCLUDING CHRISTMAS DAY, THE 25TH)
    Date: Friday, December 05, 2014
    Description:

                                                                                FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

                                            -State park holiday celebration features more than five million lights-

    Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the 20th annual Festival of Lights, displaying more than five million lights throughout the park, December 5-31, 2014.  The park will be open each evening until 9 p.m., except Christmas Night, December 25 we will be closed. On Christmas Eve, December 24 we will be a drive through only.

    Named a Top 20 Event in the southeastern United States, visitors can enjoy award-winning holiday sights and sounds throughout the park. Unique holiday light displays include majestic oak trees decorated with thousands of lights, an antebellum Museum dressed in full holiday splendor, a gingerbread village, a candy cane forest, Santa’s runway and much more. The park’s centerpiece is the 200 foot tall Carillon Tower, which illuminates the night sky as holiday music rings from its bells.

    Cousin Thelma Boltin’s Gift Shop will be open everyday from noon until 9:00 p.m.  Complimentary hot cocoa and popcorn are served nightly as the Craft Square comes alive with craft demonstrations, a bonfire, marshmallow roasting and holiday singing for everyone.

    Visitors can experience a “flurry” of fun in our winter wonderland which includes Santa!  Weather reports predict a chance of snow flurries every evening on the hour and giant snow families have been spotted in the area! 

    The entrance fee for this event is $3.00 per person. The Festival of Lights is sponsored by the Stephen Foster Citizens Support Organization, and made possible by the generous support of numerous local individuals and businesses.


    Fees: $3.00 per person.
    Contact: For more information, call 386-397-4331.
Outfitters / Supplies Florida State Parks

The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is a cooperative effort of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and the counties, cities, businesses and citizens of the Suwannee River Basin.

The listing of these private partners is for information purposes only and not an endorsement of that partner by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida State Parks or the Suwannee River Water Management District.

Suwannee River Wilderness Trail
(800) 868-9914

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Recreation and Parks
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