Situated on the banks of the legendary Suwannee River, this center 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 Craft Square, visitors can watch demonstrations of quilting, blacksmithing, stain glass making, and other crafts, or visit the gift shop. 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 camp in the full-facility campground or stay in a cabin. Every Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), the park hosts the Florida Folk Festival. Other special events include concerts, weekend retreats, a monthly coffeehouse, a regional quilt show, and an antique tractor show. Located in White Springs off U.S. 41 North.
We (my boyfriend and our pup) started out on the Trampled Track and after walking it for .1 mile we were beyond ready to explore some more. So we went around it and made our way into the beautiful Osceola Forest. We saw plenty of birds and we actually came across a skeleton of a deer, we think. We spent about an hour and a half exploring and came to a rest at ocean pond.
The Florida Trail from Deep Creek Trailhead to the Olustee Battlefield Trailhead is a lot of flat pine forest with some swampy sections thrown in. The trail is cleared and maintained by the Florida Trail Association in about October. When the rains begin in May the Trail becomes very wet. Yellow flies also show up in May through June. The section of the Florida Trail from Bell Springs Trailhead to Deep Creek Trailhead is all road walk and not worth the trouble.