Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs
(4.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is a Florida State Park located in White Springs off U.S. 41, along the Suwannee River in north Florida.Stephen Foster is famous for having written the song "Old Folks At Home," also known as "Way Down Upon the Suwannee River." The song, referring nostalgically to "home far, far away," is Florida's state song.FaunaAmong the wildlife of the park are gopher tortoises, box turtles, American alligators, white-tailed deer, wood ducks, and a variety of birds.Recreational activitiesActivities include picnicking, hiking and bicycling, as well as horseback riding, canoeing, and wildlife viewing.Amenities include picnic tables, wooded trails, boat access to the Suwannee River, and riverside rental cabins.There is a craft shop which sells Floridian and Southeastern folk art and crafts.Stephen Foster MuseumThe Stephen Foster Museum honors the accomplishments of American composer Stephen Foster and features dioramas and exhibits about his famous songs, including Old Folks at Home, more commonly known by the words of its first line as "(Way Down Upon the) Swanee River."
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TripAdvisor
  • Really fun place to go. There is alot of stuff. You can rent canoes, go swimming, camping, hiking, and etc. 
  • This is a good place to read about the history of Stephen Foster. It was interesting to read that Stephen Foster was going to use a different river’s name in his Suwannee River song. There are some ex...  more »
  • As other reviewers have already noted, the park is beautifully laid out, with a nice museum housed in an antebellum style mansion. There is also an extensive campground with a few cabins and of course...  more »
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  • Nice Rangers, very helpful. Cabins could use a more cleaning. Don't care for their 11 month policy before booking.
  • This park was a Florida Day Tripper's dream. Just outside of the gate to the park you can find a Visitor's Center with lots of information. Walk a bit more and you find the ruins of a 1920's Spring fed bath. (Area that was concreted in connected to the Suwanee River that is spring fed cold and crystal clear waters. However now the water is dark because the river is allowed to fill it.) Then you enter the park itself. The museum is a history buffs dream filled with artifacts. The history of Stephen Foster and the culture his music produced. I personally found the craftsmanship of the museums dioramas to be especially interesting. The tower rang out every hour filling the air with music. There is also a folk art "village" where you can take classes sometimes, visit and speak with crafters of all types. A gift shop is on the property as well. We didn't camp there but I did see rather large cabins, trails and kayak rentals.
  • Rangers are friendly and provide access to a great Florida State Park. Hang around on the hour and listen to the carillon chime. Check out the museum at the base of the tower. Special events throughout the year.
  • Fun park to visit
  • I have only gone for the Christmas lights at nighttime. Pretty cool experience if you have children. I felt it was a little lackluster purely for adults.