Manny Perez, Park Manager
Fall is in the air and there's always something to do at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. With over 800 acres you can hike, bike, horseback ride, camp, canoe, shop or take a step back in time. We have tons of wonderful family friendly events throughout the year and miles of trails that explore some of the most beautiful natural features of the park including high bluffs, fun elevations throughout the floodplain swamp and all sorts of unique landscapes.
Visit the beautiful antebellum mansion that is the Stephen Foster Museum. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and filled with a wide variety of interpretive exhibits, collections and moving diorama’s depicting many of Stephen Foster’s songs. Something you can’t miss is the World’s Largest Tubular Bell System which resonate from the 200ft tall Carillon Tower. Currently the bells are not in operation but we are working with our Citizen Support Organization and area partners toward a solution.
Guided tours of the museum and tower are offered on weekends and by reservation. At Cousin Thelma Boltin’s Gift Shop & Craft Square you can shop a vast selection of “one of a kind” crafts made by Florida artists. Enjoy everything from baskets, jams, metal work and textiles to books, children’s items and Stephen Foster memorabilia. In the Craft Square you can take a variety of workshops and classes, learn everything from Florida traditions to arts and crafts! While visiting you can hear the blacksmith working at the forge, fiddle players walking to and fro, so many sights and sounds not to be missed at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. There is always something happening here!
We have a wonderful picnic pavilion and playground located behind the craft square and gift shop and we invite you to bring your family to come out and enjoy a picnic at the park, or plan your next family reunion. Photos of this facility can be seen on the parks photo album. Reservations for the picnic pavilion can be made by contacting the park at 386-397-2733
We are perfect for overnight or day trips and centrally located to quite a few of Florida’s awe-inspiring state parks. Big Shoals State Park, Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Suwannee River State Park, Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, Madison Blue Spring State Park, Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, Ichetucknee Springs State Park and O’Leno River State Park just to name just a few!
If you enjoy learning about the American composer Stephen Foster you might like to visit Stephen C. Foster State Park in Georgia to experience the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of the Okefenokee Swamp.