We camped for three days “On The River” at Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak, FL. This park is just another example of why Florida State Parks are rated the best in the United States. The Suwannee River runs through the park. In nearby White Springs is the Stephen Foster Folk Culture State Park, a park dedicated to memorializing the works of this great composer. You can the famous river, camp or hike the many nature trails at both parks.
Stephen Foster wrote the song in 1851 without ever being in Florida or seeing the river. The song became the Florida state song in 1935 and in 2008 the lyrics were modified to make them politically correct.