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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.
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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
Geocaching

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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  • 3 Picnic Shelters - Reserve
  • 1 Pioneer Camp - Reserve
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Events
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Sunset Boat Tour
Friday, May 13, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, May 27, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Watch the sunset on the beautiful Billy's Lake. Enjoy all the wildlife that the Okefenokee has to offer from alligators to the magnificent birds as they roost for the night.  $15 - $20 plus $5 parking. 913-637-5274.
Coastal Georgia Kayak Family Camp
Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 until Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 8 AM to 5 PM
Join this kayaking adventure that includes freshwater swamp and saltmarsh, plus four nights of camping. Join park rangers to explore Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp, Crooked River State Park, Sapelo Island, and the Reynolds Mansion. Register in advance.  $649 per adult $549 per child (12 and under) $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Boardwalk Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Celebrate National Trails Day with a Ranger led hike on our Trembling Earth Boardwalk trail. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Trail Clean up Project - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 12 PM to 2 PM
Volunteers needed for a National Trails Day Clean up project! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Get Outdoors Day Billy's Island Hike
Monday, Jun 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Get out, Get dirty, Get fit, on our Get Outdoors Day tour to Billy's Island in the Okefenokee Swamp.  $20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
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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Address/Directions
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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Stephen C. Foster State Park


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