Laura S. Walker State Park

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.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 626 Acres
• 44 Campsites ($25–$40)
• 6 Sportsman's Cabins (sleeps six, $125, $45/dog, $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 ($31–$38.50)
The Lakes Grille at The Lakes Golf Course
wireless connection Available in the Visitor Center

Activities:

• Golf
• Fishing
• Boating — 10 HP limit except between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. EDT & 11 a.m.–7 p.m. DST
• Kayak & Stand-Up Paddleboard Rentals
• Waterskiing
• Playgrounds
• Lake Swimming
• Geocaching
• Hiking & Biking — 4 miles of trails; wildlife observation boardwalk
• Weddings

Nearby Attractions:

Crooked River State Park
• Dixon Memorial WMA
• Fairground
• Farmers Market
General Coffee State Park
Golden Isles of Georgia
• Historic Downtown Waycross
• Jekyll Island
• Obediah's Okefenok
• Okefenokee Adventures
• Okefenokee Heritage Center
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
• Okefenokee Swamp Park
• Satilla River
• Southern Forest World
• St. Simons Island
Stephen C. Foster State Park
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
• Waycross Motor Speedway

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Prepare the Trail -- New Date
Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Help us get Big Creek Nature Trail ready for a new year of fun. Our swamp boardwalk will be cleaned and repaired, erosion areas will be remedied, and flora that interrupts the trail's flow will be cleared. Join a ranger on the hunt for gopher tortoise dens and invasive plants to flag. Brave souls are welcome to clear blockages on Big Creek. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Valentine's Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Feb 10, 2017 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Take a romantic paddle excursion under the light of the full moon. This is a great opportunity for beginners, and there is a high chance of seeing a variety of nocturnal wildlife. This is a ranger-led paddle; the lake is normally closed to the public after sunset. Register in advance.  $25 single; $35 tandem. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Soak It In
Georgia Arbor Day/Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Technically, GA Arbor Day is on the 17th, but because of school hours, we will celebrate on that Saturday. Come out to the park to plant our 30 saplings, chosen to promote wildlife welfare at the park. After getting our hands dirty, there will be tree themed crafts and a hike dedicated to identifying the trees here at the park. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Grown Ups Campout
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 10 AM to 10 AM
Want a weekend getaway but can't seem to be able to get away? Well good thing we have the perfect night designed just for you. Set up your tent and let the fun begin. We will have survival mini-series for valuable outdoors skills. Afterwards enjoy a guided nature hike, or crack open a good book. We will end the day full moon paddle around the lake.  $100. 912-287-4900.
Soak It In
Stand-Up Paddle Board Class
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 9 AM to 10:30 AM
You can be among the first people to use the park's stand-up paddle boards. This activity will be on Lake Laura Walker and great for beginners. Close-toed are required. Once everyone is comfortably on their boards, we will take a leisurely paddle around the lake and learn about the wildlife that are an integral part of the aquatic ecosystem.  $25 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Soak It In
Globe at Night
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Kick off the night with space themed activities like making a nebula in a bottle or your own space map. After the crafts, we will head outside to measure the light pollution at our park and star gaze.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Handicapped Accessible
Coastal Kids Nature Camp
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Join park rangers at three different sites and participate in water activities at each site. Students will visit Crooked River State Park, Laura S. Walker State Park, and Fort King George Historic Site. A park ranger will provide transportation from Crooked River to each site.  $105 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Golf Tournament
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 9 AM
This is your chance to support your park and have a blast while you are at it. This will be a shotgun start tournament. Prizes for the tournament are as follows: 1st place wins $200, 2nd place wins $120 and 3rd place wins $80.  $200 a team/$50 a person. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Twilight Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 7:30 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 p.m. for children ages 0-5, and the second at 8:30 p.m. that will be open to all ages. This activity will take place at the Interpretive Center.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Butterflies for Earth Day
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
We will meet at the Interpretive Center and start Earth Day off with a butterfly count. Splitting off into groups, we will see how many species we have in different habitats. Afterwards, we will have a snack and create awesome butterfly crafts. Everyone will also be able to see butterfly life stages first hand with our buggy residents. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Mother's Day with Mother Nature
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Do something different from the usual Mother's Day dinner. Bring your mom out the the park for a day of service and fun. We will begin in the park's flower beds picking out undesirables. Then we will go on a hike on Big Creek Nature Trail. When we return, we will plant some seeds to take home and begin the baked goods potluck. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Adopt-a-thon
Saturday, May 27, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Adopt a cat or dog after experiencing our wonderful park. There will be raffles and exhibits showing off local animal associated businesses. Bring your canine to enjoy our nature trails, or participate in our vaccine clinic. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
We will begin with a hike on Big Creek Nature Trail, meeting at the Visitor's Center. Keep your eyes peeled for the gopher tortoise and indigo snake. Then at 11 AM we will meet at Picnic Shelter #7 to hike down the Laura Walker Lake Trail to the boardwalk, where you may enjoy yourself at your own pace and head back up the trail at your leisure,  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Celebrate this day by watching the full moon rise over our black water. Limited space; pre-registration required. This is a ranger led paddle, the lake is closed to the public after sunset.  $25 single; $35 tandem $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSoak It In
Kid's Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
Celebrate National Fishing Week at the Park. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome to participate. Prizes in various categories will be awarded. Hot dogs, drinks, and live bait will be provided. All children must register at the Gazebo before fishing. We will also be doing a fish count, so weigh and identify your fish. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Soak It In
Hook a Kid on Golf
Monday, Jun 12, 2017 8 AM
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 plus $5 parking. 912-285-6154.
Junior Ranger Camp
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 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 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Families can participate in old-fashioned games. Free watermelon, hot dogs, drinks and cookies will be available afterward while supplies last. This event will be at Group Shelter #2. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Spread Like Wildflowers
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
The name says it all. We will be planting native wildflower seeds through out the park. Afterwards we will create flower pressings, pot our own in containers we decorate, go on a flower ID hike, and learn about why flowers even exist. The day will begin at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Junior Ranger Camp
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 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 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Canned Counties
Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 8 AM
All month long you will be able to drop canned goods off at the park's Visitor's Center. This is a Tri-County competition between Ware, Brantley, and Pierce Counties. The winning county will have free star-gazing programs offered to their 6th grade classes, where the park goes to the school. You can help feed AND educate our community. 912-287-4900.
Handicapped Accessible
Invasive Wipeout
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
We will perform a morning service project of wiping out the park's invasive plant species. An invasive species control workshop will follow, tailored to a typical land/yard owner's needs. We will also have native plants for sale through a local nursery. Come out and learn why foreign plants are an issue and how to get rid of them. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Bark in the Park
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 9 AM
Bring your canine friend for a day of fun. Enter into our agility and obedience competitions, or if you have a youngster, they can join the puppy race. We will have some demonstrations, dog safe treats, and dog hikes. Registration for each competition will be $10 a canine. Prizes will be from local businesses. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Rivers Alive
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
The focus on this day is cleaning up around our lake shoreline. The park is working with the local 4-H chapter, and along with the feel good vibes for helping the community, you will also get a free Rivers Alive shirt. We will be meeting at the Interpretive Center, and please bring water,closed-toed shoes, and gloves. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 3 PM to 7 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 bingo, hayrides, a haunted hayride, face painting and much more! Overnight campers may participate in our campsite decoration contest.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas at the Park
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 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.
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Participate in the 118th national bird count. This is an all day event that involves counting birds within a 15 mile diameter circle. Please call the park to pre-register and to choose your shift. We will be meeting at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Address/Directions
Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, GA 31503
Ware County


GPS Coordinates:

N 31.143466 | W -082.214533
Located 9 miles southeast of Waycross on 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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Laura S. Walker State Park