Paddling the Suwannee

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When a person has lived in Florida more than half her life, she surely should seek out the site of the state song, the Suwanee River, just as sure as she should seek seashells by the seashore. "The Swanee River" (Old Folks at Home) by Stephen C. Foster was adopted as the official s... Read more

Poe Springs Park

Poe Springs Park in central Florida offers free fun for families year-round. Located near High Springs and Gainesville, the park boasts 202 acres filled with scenic woodlands and rolling fields, and is located along the banks of the Santa Fe River. Poe Springs pumps an average of 45 million gallons of cool, refreshing water daily into the Santa Fe River. Alachua County manages the park. Poe Springs is one of the least crowded... Read more

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Fla. hosts an Old-Time Music Festival this weekend and special events throughout the year. The Stephen Foster Old-Time Music Weekend offers in-depth instruction in old-time music techniques on the banjo, guitar and fiddle for all levels. Instructors include John Grimm, Beve... Read more

White Springs

White Springs is a town that ambles in all directions but has at its heart a downtown with a sandwich shop, the headquarters of a cycling organization, a country store and antiques shop, and American Canoe Outfitters (, which organizes journeys down the Suwannee River and provides put-in and pick-up services. (See my story and link on kayaking the Suwanne... Read more