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Stephen FosteR folk culture center state park

Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park 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 the Gift Shop and Craft Square, visitors can watch or participate in a variety of demonstrations and workshops. Including, quilting, weaving, blacksmithing, jewelry making, and more.  Go shopping for handmade items, books, music, or a variety of jams, jellies, and honey.

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 RV or tent camp in our 45-site campground, all have water and electric hookups or stay in one of our two-bedroom vacation cabins.

Every Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival. Other special events include concerts, weekend retreats, a regional quilt show, a holiday light display and an antique tractor show.


The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to Sunset

Museum and Carillon Tower:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Cousin Thelma Boltin's Gift Shop:

January through November: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

The Gift Shop is closed for lunch 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. daily

December Gift Shop Hours:

Noon to 9 p.m. (Weekdays)

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Weekends)



  • $5 per Vehicle (up to 8 people)
  • $4 Single Occupant Vehicle 
  • $2 Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Extra Passengers, Passengers in Vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. 
  • Special Event Fees apply for certain events



  • $20 per night plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee. Includes water and electricity. 

  • 50% Discount Eligibility: *Proof of eligibility required
  • Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older
  • Holder of Social Security Disability Award Certificate 
  • 100% Disability Award Certificate from the Federal Government


    • $100 per night plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee. Two-bedroom, one bathroom cabin with kitchen and screened porch. 

    All overnight reservations can be made online through Reserve America 

    or by phone (800) 326-3521

    or TDD (888) 433-0287 

    Reservations may be made from one day to 11 months in advance


    Bicycle Rentals - Gift Shop

    $2 per hour

    $7 per day

    $15 for three days

    $25 per week

    canoe Rentals - Gift Shop

    For information contact Gift Shop

    (386) 397-1920

    building Rentals

    *Please contact Diane for availability: (386) 397-2733 *

    Facility Information and Forms

    Nelly Bly's Kitchen: $125 per day, plus tax

      Auditorium: $125 per day, plus tax

      Food Shelter: $50 per day, plus tax

      picnic pavilion: $75 per day, plus tax- 10 picnic tables 

      GAZEBO: $50 per day, plus tax

      JEANIE ROOM: $50 per day, plus tax

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