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

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Lodging On Site, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    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

  • Prepare the Trail

    Prepare the Trail

    01/21/2017 - 01/21/2017

    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.

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  • Georgia Arbor Day

    Georgia Arbor Day

    02/18/2017 - 02/18/2017

    Technically, Georgia Arbor Day is on the 19th, but we simply don't want to wait another day. 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.

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  • Butterflies for Earth Day

    Butterflies for Earth Day

    04/22/2017 - 04/22/2017

    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.

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  • Mother's Day with Mother Nature

    Mother's Day with Mother Nature

    05/13/2017 - 05/13/2017

    Do something different from the usual Mother's Day dinner. Bring your mom out to 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.

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  • Adopt-a-thon

    Adopt-a-thon

    05/27/2017 - 05/27/2017

    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 new dog park, or participate in our vaccine clinic.

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  • Kid's Fishing Rodeo

    Kid's Fishing Rodeo

    06/10/2017 - 06/10/2017

    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. Pizza, drinks, and live bait will be available for purchase. All children must register at Group Shelter #2 before fishing.

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  • Spread Like Wildflowers

    Spread Like Wildflowers

    07/20/2017 - 07/20/2017

    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.

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  • Canned Counties

    Canned Counties

    08/01/2017 - 08/01/2017

    All month long, you will be able to drop canned goods off at the park's Visitor's Center. Families need food all year, not just on holidays. Let's show Ware County how much we care.

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  • Invasive Wipeout

    Invasive Wipeout

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    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.

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  • Bark in the Park

    Bark in the Park

    10/07/2017 - 10/07/2017

    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.

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  • Rivers Alive

    Rivers Alive

    10/14/2017 - 10/14/2017

    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.

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