Parks & Recreation
state parks - trails - springs
Hamilton County, home of White Springs, and affectionately known as Florida's Front Porch, welcomes you as you cross the Georgia / Florida line. With no shortage of attractions, White Springs has become a hub for outdoorsman and music lovers alike. Home to the 888-acre Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center, a memorial to famous composer Stephen Foster who penned the Florida State song, "Old Folks at Home" also known as "Suwannee River," White Springs attracts thousands of visitors every Memorial Day weekend for the Florida Folk Festival.
The 235-mile Suwannee River Wilderness Trail starts in White Springs and follows the river over 170 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Located in White Springs, Big Shoals State Park is home to Florida's only rapids, and with the Florida Trail running right through town, paddlers, hikers, and bikers have no shortage of entertainment in this outdoor mecca. The Suwannee River Bicycle Association hosts several events throughout the year giving bicycle enthusiast the opportunity to explore the area in a fun group setting.
Located just three miles from the cottage, Bienville Plantation is one America's premier destinations for quail hunting and bass fishing. Frequented by many on air outdoorsmen such as Roland Martin, Chris Dorsey, Shaw Grigsby, and Bernie Schultz, this 11,000-acre plantation is a fisherman's dream.