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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park


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Way Down Upon the Suwannee River
Stephen Foster State Park Folk Culture Center
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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is situated on the banks of the Suwannee River and pays tribute to the great American composer Stephen Foster, whose song by the same name is Florida's state song. The park's museum honors the man and his songs and the 97-bell carillon plays his music throughout the day.

Today, the park is a popular destination for music and nature lovers alike. While the park can be a peaceful retreat, there is always something going on. A myriad of cultural events fill the calendar each year — the most popular being the Florida Folk Festival, held Memorial Day weekend each year.

Besides a gift shop that is open daily, artists and craft demonstrators are often on hand on weekends teaching Florida's early traditions in blacksmithing, quilting, pottery and more. Weekend retreats offer instruction in building and playing early musical instruments, such as banjos and dulcimers.

The Florida National Scenic Trail follows the river through the park, so there are miles of trails to explore either by bicycling, hiking or horseback riding. The beautiful oak-shaded campground has 45 sites for either RV or tent camping and five riverside cabins that are located near the canoe launch. Besides canoeing, kayaking or fresh water fishing (fishing license required) are popular activities.

The park, campgrounds and cabins are ADA accessible.

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