The Coast / Waycross

Laura S. Walker State Park

5653 Laura Walker Rd.
Waycross, GA 31503

912-287-4900 | 800-864-7275
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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 single, tandem, and fishing kayaks, as well as 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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Lodging On Site

    Parking on Site

    Picnic Area

    Picnic Shelter

    General Information


    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Site Information

    Dump Station

    Number of Sites: 44

    Pull-thru Sites

    RVs Permitted

    Tenters Welcome

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Junior Ranger Camp

    Junior Ranger Camp

    06/25/2018 - 06/25/2018

    Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors, some activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the Park Office to register. Ages 9-12 years old. Class limited to 10 kids.

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  • Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

    Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

    07/04/2018 - 07/04/2018

    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. This is sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park.

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  • Bark in The Park

    Bark in The Park

    10/06/2018 - 10/06/2018

    Enjoy a hike with your furry companion on the Big Creek Nature Trail. After the hike, your furry friends can enjoy our new dog park located near the office. We will meet across the office from picnic shelter 3 and 4. Dog's must be on a 6' leash and have current vaccination tags.

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  • Volunteer Workday: Rivers Alive Shoreline Clean-up

    Volunteer Workday: Rivers Alive Shoreline Clean-up

    10/13/2018 - 10/13/2018

    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.

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  • Fall Festival

    Fall Festival

    10/20/2018 - 10/20/2018

    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, face painting and much more. Overnight campers may participate in our campsite decoration contest. This will be our 23rd year for this event.

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  • Christmas at The Park

    Christmas at The Park

    12/01/2018 - 12/01/2018

    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. There will also be a special visit from Santa Claus from 7-8 p.m.

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