Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs

(4.7/5 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.
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  • Had a wonderful visit to this beautiful park. A lot to see and interact with. Volunteers and park staff very knowledgeable.  more »
  • Camping here for two nights. Small (45 sites), but one of the best campgrounds we've ever stayed at and we've stayed in our motor home for nearly 600 nights. Large, flat and level sites. Old but clean...  more »
  • We are almost 5 hours away so have only heard about but never seen the famous December lights that I have been reading about for years. Scored a campsite for 4 nights and our little family was off to ...  more »
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  • Loved it here. To hear his music chime in the big tower was wonderful! So beautiful. And my kids loved it too! If you find the green crocheted crocodile you get a free ice cream at the gift shop!😉
  • We greatly enjoyed our visit. The crafters were all very polite and happily answered our many questions. We caught the last hour of a gentleman playing several dulcimers and were very impressed by his skill. He also entertained with little stories between his music. Our afternoon here was well spent.
  • The Stephen Foster Festival of Lights has been one of our favorite holiday traditions for years, that is... until this year! We were beyond disappointed with the lights. They were no where near as elaborate nor spectacular as the previous years. The lights seriously looked as though they were "thrown" up last minute, without planning or thoughtful detail. Half of the lights didn't even match; literally different colored strands of lights on bushes in no particular order or pattern. They also introduced billboard advertising, lit in Christmas colors, and a carnival style food truck inside the park ($10 for a burger & fries w/out a drink). I found this to be distasteful. They also restricted the hours of operation this year, which made the park extremely over crowded. Those in charge of the event were clearly more concerned with profit making than the spirit of Christmas. I'm sad to say we will not be going back next year...
  • Lovely place. Great people. Very cozy place, the staff is very helpful, polite, careing and don't mind anwsering qustions
  • Wonderful place to visit, the park is beautiful, plenty of parking even now (Christmas) for Festival of Lights. The tower and the rest of the park is beautifully decorated, gift shop, craft shop, café. Just to sit back and enjoy the views of the river and surrounding grounds is great. Have not stayed at the cabins, but at a hundred per night for a two bedroom house it must be a steal.