Town of White Springs, Florida

White Springs is a North Florida town located about halfway between Jacksonville and Tallahassee along the Suwannee River. It is named for its White Sulphur Springs, mineral springs that were Florida’s first tourist attraction. Throughout the 1800s and the early 1900s people would come from far and wide to experience the springs and their reported healing properties. By the 1930s, the spring began to fall from popularity and in 1990 it stopped flowing completely, but many of the Victorian buildings are still standing, so it is an excellent place to experience Florida’s history.

One of the most exciting and thrilling state parks in Florida is the Big Shoals State Park. This park is occupied by the largest whitewater rapid in all of Florida, which can reach a class 3 whitewater classification. The Park also includes beautiful views of the Suwannee River from it's magnificent 80 foot tall limestone bluffs. If that wasn't enough there are also 28 miles of hiking trails throughout the park. including the two short trails leading to the Little and Big Shoals rapids. That's right, the only way to the rapids is on foot; but don't worry, this only adds to the adventure. 

Big Shoals

Named after the American composer Stephen Foster, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is situated by the banks of the Suwannee River. It has a museum with exhibits that feature many of Foster's songs, and the park itself plays some of his songs throughout the day from the 97-bell carillon. Demonstrations in quilting, blacksmithing, stained glass making, and many others are available for visitors to watch in Craft Square. Other Popular activities include hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, canoeing/kayaking, and picnicking. A campsite is offered for visitors who want to spend the night. The Florida Folk Festival is hosted every memorial day weekend at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center. Other special events, such as concerts and weekend retreats, are also held throughout the year. 

stephen foster folk culture center state park