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Stephen Foster is known as "the father of American music." He wrote over 200 songs in his lifetime, including "Old Folks at Home", a tune that immortalized Florida's Suwannee River. Today, the museum dedicated to Foster's music — the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center — sits on the banks of the river and is also the site of a beautiful state park. Located about 13 miles out of Lake City in the state's north, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park offers fascinating historical exhibits, excellent hiking, and several watersports.

It's a park with a little something for visitors of all ages, and with a 45-site campground just a stone's throw from the river, it's also a lovely spot to enjoy an RV camping vacation.

Getting Outdoors

The best way to start your visit to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is to check out the museum. Built in 1950, it features dioramas, historic pianos, and the desk where Foster wrote "Old Folks at Home". There are demonstrations of blacksmithing, quilting, and a variety of other crafts, but the highlight is the 97-bell carillon system that belts out Foster's music at concerts held three times a day.

Once the history lesson is over, it's time to enjoy some of the outdoor activities the park offers. If you're a keen hiker, you'll love setting out to explore Stephen Foster’s Hammock Loop Trail. This eight-mile trek leads you through the unique terrain of the Upper Suwannee River Valley, including pine flatwoods, rocky outcrops, swamp forest, and of course beautiful views of the river itself.

Along the way, you might spot a few of the native creatures that call this area home. From wood ducks and gopher tortoises to alligators and many species of birds, there's a wide range of wildlife to be spotted if you know what to look for.

For other visitors, however, the ideal way to spend a day in the park is to make the most of the river itself. Fishing is a favorite pastime for campers, with the river well known as an excellent freshwater fishing destination. Largemouth bass, speckled perch, sunfish, channel catfish, and many more can all be caught here, but take note that you may need a fishing license.

The best fishing opportunities can be accessed by canoe, but paddling is also an excellent choice if you want to do some sightseeing. The rocky outcrops and small caves along the edge of the river are well worth exploring in a canoe, and rentals are available from local businesses.

Camping at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

If you want to camp in an RV at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, rent a camper in Hamilton County and find yourself a spot in the well-shaded campground.

Situated near the river, the camping area features 45 sites, all of which are accessible to people with disabilities. Each site has electrical and water hookups, along with its own picnic table and fire ring. The maximum RV length permitted in the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park campground is 100 feet.

Two ADA-accessible restroom buildings are provided and both feature showers. A dump station is provided, hiking and biking trails are just a short walk away, and leashed pets are welcome.

Finally, there are also five riverside cabins available in the park for visitors who want a few extra creature comforts during their stay.

Exploring the Area

When the time comes to finish your Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park RV camping adventure and hit the road, you'll be happy to discover that there are stacks of other great attractions worth visiting nearby.

If you want to continue exploring some of Florida's best state parks, Big Shoals State Park is just ten minutes away. Famous as the home of the largest whitewater rapids in Florida, it's quite a spectacular place to visit.

If history is more your thing, take the one-and-a-half-hour drive west to Tallahassee to check out the city's many great museums. The Museum of Florida History is a particular favorite.

Alternatively, if you decide to steer your rental RV to the east, you'll be in Jacksonville in a little over an hour. While you're there, make sure you take a ride on the St. Johns River Taxi and enjoy the spectacular city views from the water.

When you rent an RV near Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, there's a long list of activities and attractions to enjoy both in the park and in surrounding areas. If you're planning a vacation in the area, you'll find plenty to excite and entertain you from start to finish.

RV Rentals in Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Outdoorsy's Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

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What's around Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL


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Popular Nearby Trails

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Stephen Foster Suwannee River Loop Trail Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL
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Little Shoals Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL
Horse Pond Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL
Florida Trail: Bell Springs Tract to White Springs Tract Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL
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Big Shoals and Woodpecker Loop Trail Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL
Suwannee River Springs to Gibson Park Trail Live Oak, FL

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Lone Mountain RV Resort and Tipi Campground Josephine County, OR
Suwannee River Campground Suwannee County, FL
Travelers Campground Alachua County, FL
Starke / Gainesville N.E. KOA Bradford County, FL
Perry KOA Taylor County, FL
Manatee Springs Campground Levy County, FL
Laura S Walker Campground Ware County, GA
Jacksonville North / St. Marys KOA Camden County, GA
Reed Bingham Campground Cook County, GA
Fort McCoy / Lake Oklawaha KOA Marion County, FL

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Recommendations for Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL from Outdoorsy Owners


Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

The Spirit of the Suwannee host several festivals a year. If you love music you will enjoy visiting this Music Park.

Jan 8, 2020
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

Great place to camp for family fun and music festivals. You are right on the river as well!

Feb 28, 2019
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

Such a fun camping trip! They do have a lot of music festivals so we avoid those weekends and go when there is down time. There are gold cart rentals and so many fun trails to go out exploring.

Jun 19, 2018

Recent Outdoorsy trips to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, FL


Lake City

Trail riding.

Good weather Overnight
Nov 25, 2019
Live Oak

Went to Hulaween Music Festival

Nov 4, 2019
Live Oak

Suwannee Hulaween music festival

Glamping Hookups Most Beautiful
Nov 1, 2019
Live Oak

Suwanee Hulaween

Oct 30, 2019
Live Oak

Suwannee Music Park, Hulaween

Oct 30, 2019
Live Oak

Suwannee Music Park, Hulaween

Oct 30, 2019
Live Oak

Went to a music festival.

Oct 30, 2019
Live Oak

We attended the Suwannee Hulaween Music Festival in Live Oak, FL. This is our 3rd year attending. The park is spectacular and is all decorated around the campground for Halloween. The music was great as well.

Local Fave Has Coffee Boondocking Snack Bar Glamping Social Scene Hookups Sleep Under The Stars Family Friendly Most Beautiful Hiking Kid-friendly Sightseeing Good weather Overnight Scenic
Oct 30, 2019
Live Oak

We camped for a music festival.

Oct 29, 2019
Live Oak

Attended music festival.

Oct 29, 2019
Live Oak

Before we cancelled we were going camping and hiking.

Oct 29, 2019
Live Oak

Camped, hiked​ and listened to good music.

Oct 29, 2019
Live Oak

Camping at music festival.

Nearest to Dropoff Budget Has Air Has Coffee Glamping Hookups Family Friendly Kid-friendly Overnight
Oct 28, 2019
White Springs

Played in Stephen Foster State park- hiked, biked, swam in the Suwannee.

Oct 16, 2019