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Stephen Foster partially opens

By Tami Stevenson

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is NOW OPEN for day use, as of May 9! From 8 a.m. to Sunset.

Park Service Specialist Andrea Thomas told the Suwannee Valley Times, Monday, the buildings, playground, and camping/cabins are still currently closed. The canoe/kayak launch, picnic areas, and the Florida Trail are available for use. They do have restroom availability, although it is limited.

“There have been some adjustments to continue to adhere to the CDC and DEP guidelines for social distancing. We ask that while you visit our park that you also continue to adhere to the social distancing guidelines in place to keep the public and staff safe. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart and limit group size to ten (10) or fewer people,” Thomas said.

Some of the trails at the park are currently closed due to a timber thinning project that was conducted, although a section of the Florida Trail remains open. For additional information, visitors can call the ranger station at 386-397-4331.

She also recommends visiting Big Shoals and Olustee State Parks. “Big Shoals has 28 miles of trails and some of it is paved.”

They have a new addition to the Ranger Station at Stephen Foster with new policies for entrance fees.

Some of the changes are as follows: They are NOT providing change for cash payments. If you would like to pay with cash, please have exact change.

If you would like to pay with a credit/debit card, we ask that you do that before you come to the park to make the process more efficient. Please visit our website to purchase your entry pass:

**Please note that if you use the electronic feature to pay for your entry, it will have to be used for the same day of your visit; for example: pre-purchasing future days’ entry is not available at this time.**

Please feel free to call the Ranger Station at 386-397-4331 with any questions or visit for the latest information.

“We can’t wait to see all of you!!” Added Thomas.