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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

 About Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Looking down the dark waters of the Suwannee River with cypress trees to the left and sandy bank on the right.

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Michelle Waterman

 

Spring is in the air and the park is hopping with activity!

Here at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park there is always something to do. With over 800 acres you can hike, bike, horseback ride, camp, canoe, shop or take a step back in time.

It’s a year round event season here at the park; coming up April 3rd, 4th & 5th, 2014 is the 26th Annual Stephen Foster Antique Tractor and Engine Show. Here you will see over 200 years of farm machinery represented. We will have tractor pulls and races, children’s games and races, demonstrations and so much more! Call (386) 397- 2733 to learn more.

Wild Florida Day is May 3, 2014; Nature and wildlife experts join the park staff to talk about the flora and fauna of beautiful Florida. Stick around and join us for Coffee House that same night! Streak of Lean will be hosting!

The event everyone is waiting for is the 62nd Annual FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL, May 23, 24, & 25, 2014. Come join us in welcoming some Florida favorites like JJ Grey & Mofro, Albert Castiglia, Ben Prestage, Willy Green and many, many more. Enjoy the best of Florida music, arts and culture! Tickets are on sale now! Call 877-6FL- FOLK or visit www.FloridaFolkFestival.com

Come 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 Bells which resonate from the 200ft tall Carillon Tower. The Carillon plays daily concerts of Stephen Foster’s music at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. 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!

We have miles of trails, including the Florida Trail that you can hike, bike or ride. We even have a new 8 mile single track mountain bike and/or hiking trail. It’s an exciting and family friendly trail that explores 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.  Be sure to also enjoy the 10 miles of double track trail as well and don’t miss the river overlook or catfish hole! You can download a trail map on our Activities page.

We have a wonderful picnic pavilion and playground thanks to the Stephen Foster Citizen Support Organization; located behind the craft square and gift shop.  Park staff and volunteers have completed construction of this beautiful picnic facility so 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 new facility can be seen on the parks photo album.  Reservations for the Picnic Pavilion can be made by contacting the park's Ranger Station at 386-397-2733. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the park and becoming part of the Stephen Foster Family, we have numerous different volunteer needs through the park including:  Campground Hosts, Park maintenance, Craft Square demonstrators and gift shop sales, Museum Docents (assistants), mechanics, skilled craftspeople, musicians, interpreters, etc.  If you would like more information about the fun volunteer opportunities, contact the park at (386) 397-2733! 

We look forward to seeing you!

DESIGNATIONS

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GETTING HERE

Located on U.S. 41 in White Springs. From I-75 to S.R. 136 (Milepost Exit 439 - Old Exit 84), travel east on S.R. 136 for 3 miles. Turn left on U.S. 41. Park entrance is on the left. From I-10 to U.S. 41 North (Milepost Exit 301 - Old Exit 43), travel 9 miles to White Springs. Park entrance is on the left.

 

PHYSICAL ADDRESS MAILING ADDRESS
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive P.O. Box G
White Springs, FL  32096 White Springs, FL  32096
   
LAT/LONG COORIDINATES
30°  19' 50.65" N 82°  45' 40.89" W

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