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Laura S. Walker State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 912-287-4900
Golf Course 912-285-6154


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Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants, including alligators and carnivorous pitcher plants. Walking or biking along the lake’s edge and nature trail, visitors may spot the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons. The park’s lake offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating, and kayaks and bicycles are available for rent. The Lakes, a championship 18 hole golf course, features a clubhouse, golf pro and junior/senior rates. Greens are undulating rather than tiered. Each fairway and landing area is defined with gentle, links-style mounds that accent the course’s three large lakes. New Sportsman's Cabins sleep six. The park’s namesake was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who loved trees and worked for their preservation.
 
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Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 626 Acres
    • 44 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$30)
    • 6 Sportsman's Cabins (sleep six, $125, $45 pet fee, $25 linen rental)
    • 7 Picnic Shelters ($35)
    • 4 Group Shelters (seat 75–165, $45–$175)
    • Group Camp (sleeps 142, $450)
    • Pioneer Campground ($35)
    • 120-Acre Lake
    The Lakes Golf Course & Pro Shop (18-Holes) ($31-$38.50)
    The Lakes Grille at The Lakes Golf Course
    Available in the visitor's center


ACTIVITIES:
    • Golf
    • Fishing
    • Boating and Waterskiing -- 10 HP restriction except between 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. EST and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Daylight Savings Time
    • Single, Tandem, & Fishing Kayak Rentals
    • Playgrounds
    • Lake Swimming
    Geocaching
    • Hiking and Biking – nearly 4 miles of nature trails, wildlife observation boardwalk
    Weddings

• Camping & Golf Packages are available at the park's 18-hole The Lakes Golf Course. Call 1-877-591-5578 or click here for information.


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Events
Natural Knowledge
Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Feb 10, 2016 until Dec 28, 2016 
On select Wednesdays, learn about the wonders of the natural world around us, making a craft, and taking an interpretive hike with our naturalist. Topics vary each week.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Story and Craft
Saturdays 4 PM - 5 PM – Feb 13, 2016 until Dec 31, 2016 
On select Saturdays throughout the year enjoy a story with a park ranger then a fun craft. Each week will be a different theme. Please call the park for specific dates for this program.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Meeting
3rd Monday of Month 7 PM - 8 PM from Feb 15, 2016 until Nov 21, 2016 
Come join us at Group Shelter #1 for our monthly meeting. Meet volunteers and friends who care for the park and discuss upcoming events and current park projects. Learn about ways in which you can get involved and volunteer. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Georgia Arbor Day Tree Planting
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join a park ranger at the Visitor's Center for a short presentation on Arbor Day and the importance of trees to our state parks and world. Then assist with planting a tree or two! Please bring gloves and water. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Full Moon Paddle
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Enjoy a ranger-led kayak paddle on the newly reopened lake! We will explore the lake by the light of the moon. Limited space; pre-registration required.  $25 single; $35 tandem $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Team Lean Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
In partnership with Childer's YMCA in Waycross, we are promoting Team Lean, a 10 week community wide healthy weight loss challenge. Meet at the Laura Walker Lake Trail, the boat ramp area for an invigorating morning hike that will pass through our new boardwalk and trail! Note that this event requires prior registration with the YMCA. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Twilight Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Bring your flashlight and join us for a fun egg hunt in the dark. We will have two egg hunts, one at 7:30 PM for children ages 0-5. The second hunt will be at 8:30 PM and is open to all ages.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Golf Tournament
Saturday, Apr 2, 2016 9 AM to 2 PM
Charity golf tournament sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park to raise funds to benefit the park and golf course. Proceeds will be used to maintain, repair, and improve the park and golf course. Pick up applications in the park visitor center or at the golf course.  $200 per team of 4 people. $50 per player. $20 per team to play from ladies red tee box on a hole of choice or $5 per ladies tee. $5 mulligans 912-285-6154.
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Introduction to Golf
Mondays 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM – Apr 4, 2016 until Apr 25, 2016 
Get golf ready by attending an introduction to golf class taught by our PGA Professional, David Sikes. Class is every Monday in April from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Cost is $100 for all four classes and is limited to 20 participants. $5 parking. 912-285-6154.
Earth Day Trail Cleanup
Friday, Apr 22, 2016 10 AM to 11:30 AM
Join a park ranger at the Visitor's Center for a short presentation on Earth Day. From there we will be hiking the Big Creek Trail clearing it of trash and other debris. Please bring gloves, water, bug spray, sunscreen, and wear comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hidden Gem: Rookery Hike
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Join a member of park staff as we visit a hidden gem of the park, the Cattle Egret Rookery. Meet at picnic shelter #7, the boat ramp location, for a hike on the Laura Walker Lake Trail to the rookery. Please bring water and comfortable shoes. Binoculars are also recommended. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Hidden Gem
Kayaking 101
Saturday, May 14, 2016 9 AM to 4 PM
Learn the basics to kayaking with park rangers! We will learn several basic strokes and techniques for rescues. Space is limited, registration required. This is an all day event with instruction in the morning, a lunch break, and then practice on the lake in the afternoon.  $75 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia
National Trails Day Hike
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
In honor of National Trails Day join a member of park staff for a hike on the Laura Walker Lake Trail. Meet at picnic shelter #7, the boat ramp location. Please bring water and wear bug spray, sun screen, and comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Hook a Kid on Golf
Weekdays 9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 6, 2016 until Jun 10, 2016 
A week long course in partnership with the YMCA to teach children ages 7-14 an introduction to golf. Nine core values are taught. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Volunteer coaches help teach this week long class. Participants receive a set of golf clubs, shirt, hat, and water bottle.  $125. 912-285-6154.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Camp
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 to Friday, Jun 10, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 to Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the Park Office to register. Ages 6-12 years old.  $40.00 per student $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 8 AM to 11 AM
Grab a pole and join us for a fun day of fishing at the park. Fishing licenses required for those over the age of 16. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Children can participate in 3-legged races, sack races, sailboat races, cornhole, relay races, egg carry, and other fun games. Free watermelon, hot dogs, drinks and cookies will be available afterward while supplies last. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Heels And Wheels For Megan's House Triathlon/Duathlon
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7 AM to 11 AM
Registration begins at 6:00 a.m. Challenge begins at 7:30 a.m. Please visit http://drcsports.com/calendar for more event details and fees or call the DRC Sports Race Management office at 352-637-2475. You may also contact the Easter Seals/Megan's House at 877-541-7325. $5 parking. 877-541-7325.
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Beautiful Birds and Butterflies
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Enjoy a short presentation on some of the winged creatures that call this park home. Children can participate in a craft while the adults can help tidy up the Interpretive Center's bird/butterfly sanctuary.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
In conjunction with National Public Lands Day, come join other volunteers for a day of service at the park. Volunteers will be working on a variety of projects that include lake clean up with Rivers Alive and the Cooperative Extension Office. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 4:30 PM to 9 PM
Children of all ages can play brand new games as well as old favorites to win candy. Bring the whole family because we will also have live music, bingo, hayrides, a haunted hayride, face painting and much more! There will even be some activities for toddlers.  $3 per vehicle. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
The Night Sky
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Join us for a fascinating evening learning about the night sky. Sculpt your own moon crater and create a map of the solar system, then head outdoors to enjoy the view.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Walk off the Turkey Hike
Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Join a member of park staff as we walk off the turkey and talk turkey on the Big Creek Nature Trail. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas at the Interpretive Center
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
Join the staff at the Interpretive Center for some holiday crafts, a campfire, and some Christmas sweets. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Address/Directions
Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Rd.
Waycross, GA 31503
Ware County


GPS Coordinates:
N 31.143466 | W -082.214533

Located 9 miles southeast of Waycross on GA Route 177. Take 1-75 to exit 62, follow US 82 east through Waycross. Or, I-95 to exit 36, follow US 82 west 47 miles.

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