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Stephen C. Foster State Park

Stephen C. Foster State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 912-637-5274

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» Boating Notice:
 Boating activities may be restricted during low water levels.

» Visitor Notices:
 The park is located 18 miles from Fargo and 50 miles from a major grocery store.
 Visitors should bring all supplies with them and have plenty of gasoline in their vehicle.
Cell phone service may be unreliable.
 Late arrivals are not allowed due to NWR regulations.

This remote park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp—one of Georgia's seven natural wonders. Spanish moss-laced trees reflect off the black swamp waters, while cypress knees rise upward from the glass-like surface. Here, paddlers and photographers will enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers and numerous other creatures make their homes in the 402,000-acre refuge. Stargazers will appreciate the particularly dark sky. 
Same-day reservations are recommended for guided pontoon boat tours of the swamp. Sunset tours may be available. More adventurous visitors may wish to rent canoes, kayaks or jon boats for further exploration of the swamp, including a trip to historic Billy’s Island. Fishing in the lake is excellent, particularly for warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and bowfin. Boating is dependent upon water levels.  

Perhaps the most famous inhabitant of the Okefenokee Swamp is the American Alligator. Officials estimate that 12,000 of the country’s largest reptile live within the 402,000-acre refuge. To safely view these creatures, visitors should admire them from a distance and keep hands and feet inside boats. Pets are not allowed in boats, even privately owned vessels.  

Because Stephen C. Foster State Park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates lock at closing and a $5 refuge fee is charged.

$5 refuge parking fee.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Gates lock at 10 p.m. No late access.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 80 Acres
• 9 Cottages ($150)— #5 is dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 64 Campsites ($28–$35) — some seasonal
• Pioneer Campground ($55)
• 3 Picnic Shelters ($40–$50)
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge — located in Fargo, 18 miles from park

Things to Do & See:

Programs & Private Tours
• Kayak & Canoe Rental — 15 miles of waterways; Park Paddlers Club
• Boat Rental — 10 HP limit
First Time Camper Program
• Fishing
• Walking — 2.5-mile Trembling Earth Nature Trail; guided hikes at 8:30 a.m. ($2)
• Bike Rental
• Birding
• Archery — call to reserve
• Nature Photography
• Astronomy
• Playground

Nearby Attractions:

• Fargo Golf Course
Golden Isles of Georgia
Laura S. Walker State Park
• Okefenokee Adventures
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
• Okefenokee Swamp Park
• Suwannee Canal Recreation Area
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker
Waycross, Georgia

Recreation in nearby Florida State Parks:
Amelia Island State Park
Anastasia State Park
Big Talbot Island State Park
Fort Clinch State Park
Little Talbot Island Island State Park

Historic Forts in nearby Florida State Parks:
Castillo De San Marcos National Monument
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Fort Mose Historic State Park
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

Stephen C. Foster State Park Business Plan

Park Paddlers Club

First Time Camper Program

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  • 64 Campsites - Reserve
  • 9 Cottages - Reserve
  • 3 Picnic Shelters - Reserve
  • 1 Pioneer Camp - Reserve
  • Suwanee River Eco-Lodge Facilities in Fargo, Georgia, 18 miles from Stephen C. Foster State Park - Learn More
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Fun on the Fourth - Boat Swamp Tour
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Get away from the city and join us for a relaxing sunset cruise on Billy's Lake in the heart of the Okefenokee. Don't forget to dress up in red, white and blue as we celebrate the fourth in some of the country's most beautiful scenery.  $15-$20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Billy's Island Swamp Paddle
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Wednesday, Jul 6, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 6 PM to 9 PM
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Join our park ranger as we paddle 2 miles to Billy's Island. Once there we will dock our boats and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refugee. We will finish our trip by watching the sunset on the pale back to the park.  $25-$20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Twilight Kayak Paddle
Friday, Jul 8, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jul 8, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Jul 22, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
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Kayak the beautiful Okefenokee Swamp with one of our rangers at sunset. Learn about the ecology, history, and wildlife that inhabits this mysterious land.  $15-$10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Hooked on Fishing
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Fishing in the Okefenokee is always fun and the summer is the best time to go. From catfish to brim and everything in between this is the spot to be for fishing. This program will have a ranger teaching children how to fish and then informing them on all of the fish they catch. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Save our Parks and Make Them Beautiful! - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 10 AM
We will have a park service project for You're State Parks Day. Then we will be discussing why State Parks are so important. Come be a part of improving our park! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Stephen C. Foster State Park
17515 Highway 177
Fargo, GA 31631
Clinch County

GPS Coordinates:
N 30.8269500 | W -082.3621000

Located 18 miles northeast of Fargo at the end of Highway 177. Note that GPS directions are often not accurate; consult a highway map.

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Stephen C. Foster State Park
17515 Highway 177
Fargo, GA 31631 View Details

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