Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites with Electric and Water: 45
About: Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, this center honors the memory of American composer Stephen Foster, who wrote "Old Folks at Home," the song that made the river famous. The museum features exhibits about Foster's most famous songs and his music can be heard emanating from the park's 97-bell carillon throughout the day. In Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stain glass making, and other crafts, or visit the gift shop. Hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and wildlife viewing are popular activities. Miles of trails wind through some of the most scenic areas of North Florida. For overnight stays, visitors can camp in the full-facility campground or stay in a cabin. Every Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival. Other special events include concerts, weekend retreats, a monthly coffeehouse, a regional quilt show, and an antique tractor show. Located in White Springs off U.S. 41 North.
Located near the Suwannee River, the campground offers 45 oak-shaded sites with electricity, water, picnic table and fire ring. 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 house 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 = 45 ft.
Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica.
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. The youth group camping area accommodates up to 20 people. Sites are primitive. Call the park for reservations at (386) 397-2733.
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