State Park Opens New Mountain Biking and Hiking Trail

By: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection
By: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection

White Springs, FL -- October 8, 2011

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park held a Grand Opening ceremony today for the new eight mile Foster's Hammock Loop Trail. The event also celebrated October as Greenways and Trails Month.

"The Foster's Hammock Loop Trail allows visitors to discover a Real Florida adventure that traverses some of the most beautiful natural features including high river bluffs and limestone outcroppings, fun elevations throughout the floodplain swamp forest, and many other beautiful and scenic natural communities within the 800 acre park" according to Park Manager Ben Faure.

Suwannee Bicycle Association President Sharon Shea stated" the "Fosters Hammock Loop Trail" addition was designed and constructed by members of the Suwannee Bicycle Association, a local not for profit bicycle organization, who provided ride guides and special trips during the grand opening. Catfish Hole, the Suwannee River Overlook, "Beaver Crossing" and other unique areas along the trail provides visitors with an exclusive adventure throughout the Upper Suwannee River Valley's diverse topography".

Centrally located between Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville and Valdosta Georgia, visitors to Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park can bring their family and friends to enjoy the trails. Stay to visit the park's other outstanding recreational opportunities including canoeing and kayaking on the world renowned Suwannee River and gaze at the stars in one of the park's 45 oak shaded campsites, or relax in front of the fireplace in one of the park's beautiful vacation cabins, or just visit for the day and enjoy the park's museum which honors American music composer Stephen C. Foster.

Replace the sounds of the city and let the music of the 200 foot tall Carillon Tower sooth your ears as it rings melodies of Foster's songs which are heard throughout the park daily. Stop by the gift shop and craft square where visitors participate and learn from demonstrators practicing blacksmithing, pottery, jewelry making, weaving, woodworking and much more. Shop for a one of a kind hand made item created by one of many talented artists or just enjoy a cold refreshment and relax inside Cousin Thelma's Gift Shop.


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