The Coast / Waycross

Laura S. Walker State Park

5653 Laura Walker Rd.
Waycross, GA 31503

912-287-4900 | 800-864-7275
  • Laura S. Walker Campsite

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  • Laura S. Walker Bird Watching

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  • Laura S. Walker Wildlife Observation Platform

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  • Laura S. Walker Fishing

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  • Laura S. Walker Interpretive Center

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  • Laura S. Walker Hiking

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  • Laura S. Walker Boating

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  • Laura S. Walker Playground

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  • Laura S. Walker Playground

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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, skiing and boating, and canoes 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.

The park's namesake was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who loved trees and worked for their preservation.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    95

    Site Information

    Dump Station, Number of Sites, Pull-thru Sites, RVs Permitted, Tenters Welcome

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Laura S. Walker First Day Hike

    Laura S. Walker First Day Hike

    01/01/2015 - 01/01/2015

    Join us for a 1.3 mile ranger-led nature hike along our beautiful Big Creek Nature Trail. We will see and discuss flora and fauna that are native to our area while getting fit for the New Year. The trail is an easy hike for almost all ages so bring the family. The trail is an easy hike for almost all ages, and a great place to bring the whole family.

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  • Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Meeting

    Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Meeting

    01/19/2015 - 11/16/2015

    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.

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  • Okefenokee Swamp Run 10K and 1 Mile

    Okefenokee Swamp Run 10K and 1 Mile

    03/21/2015 - 03/21/2015

    Registration for the 38th annual Okefenokee Swamp Run will be held at group shelter #2 prior to the start of the race. All ages are welcome to participate. Proceeds are donated to the YMCA, Easter Seals, and other charitable organizations. This event is sponsored by the Okefenokee Track and Cycling Club.

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  • Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Golf Tournament

    Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Golf Tournament

    03/28/2015 - 03/28/2015

    Join us for the charity golf tournament sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park to raise funds benefiting the park and golf course. Proceeds will be used to maintain, repair, and improve the park and golf course. You can pick up applications in the park visitor center or at the golf course.

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  • Kids Fishing Rodeo

    Kids Fishing Rodeo

    06/13/2015 - 06/13/2015

    Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome to participate. Participating children may fish from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Prizes in various categories will be awarded afterwards. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase.

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  • Independence Day Fun

    Independence Day Fun

    07/04/2015 - 07/04/2015

    Join us as we celebrate the 4th of July. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park.

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  • Fall Festival

    Fall Festival

    10/24/2015 - 10/24/2015

    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. Children dressed in costume may enter our raffle prize drawing.

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