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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  • Laura S. Walker Playground

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  • Laura S. Walker Interpretive Center

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  • Laura S. Walker Campsite

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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

  • Grown Ups Campout

    Grown Ups Campout

    03/11/2017 - 03/12/2017

    Want a weekend getaway but can't seem to be able to get away? Well, it's a good thing we have the perfect night designed just for you. Set up your tent and let the fun begin. Our activities include a survival skills class, a guided night hike, a full moon paddle, and a campfire cooking class.

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  • Coastal Kids Nature Camp

    Coastal Kids Nature Camp

    03/28/2017 - 03/30/2017

    Join park rangers at three different sites and participate in water activities at each site. Students will visit Crooked River State Park, Laura S. Walker State Park, and Fort King George Historic Site. A park ranger will provide transportation from Crooked River to each site.

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  • Golf Tournament

    Golf Tournament

    04/01/2017 - 04/01/2017

    This is your chance to support your park and have a blast while you are at it. This will be a shotgun start tournament. Prizes for the tournament are as follows: 1st place wins $200, 2nd place wins $120, and 3rd place wins $80.

    There will be several contests including: longest drive, closest to the pin (3x), most accurate drive and a pitching wedge obstacle course. 

    Applications are available at The Lakes club house and at the Visitor's Center at Laura S. Walker State Park. Tea... read more

  • Twilight Easter Egg Hunt

    Twilight Easter Egg Hunt

    04/15/2017 - 04/15/2017

    Bring your flashlight and join us for a fun egg hunt in the dark. We will have two egg hunts, one at 7:30 p.m. for children ages 0-5, and the second at 8:30 p.m. that will be open to all ages. This activity will take place at the Interpretive Center.

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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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  • Pet Adopt-a-Thon

    Pet Adopt-a-Thon

    05/27/2017 - 05/27/2017

    Adopt a cat or dog, enjoy raffles and exhibits from local animal-associated businesses, bring your leashed pet to enjoy our nature trails and participate in a vaccine clinic. Please don't bring animals with a history of aggression. Livestock are not permitted on park grounds.

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  • National Trails Day

    National Trails Day

    06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017

    We will begin with a hike on Big Creek Nature Trail, meeting at the Visitor's Center. Keep your eyes peeled for the gopher tortoise and indigo snake. Then at 11 a.m., we will meet at Picnic Shelter #7 to hike down the Laura Walker Lake Trail to the boardwalk, where you may enjoy yourself at your own pace and head back up the trail at your leisure,

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  • Get Outdoors Full Moon Paddle

    Get Outdoors Full Moon Paddle

    06/09/2017 - 06/09/2017

    Celebrate this day by watching the full moon rise over our black water. Limited space; pre-registration required. This is a ranger-led paddle. The lake is closed to the public after sunset.

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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. Hot dogs, drinks, and live bait will be provided. All children must register at the gazebo before fishing. We will also be doing a fish count, so weigh and identify your fish.

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  • Hook a Kid on Golf

    Hook a Kid on Golf

    06/12/2017 - 06/12/2017

    A week long course in partnership with the YMCA to teach children ages 7-14 an introduction to golf. Nine core values are taught. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Volunteer coaches help teach this week long class. Participants receive a set of golf clubs, shirt, hat, and water bottle.

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  • Junior Ranger Camp

    Junior Ranger Camp

    06/20/2017 - 06/22/2017

    Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the Park Office to register. Ages 6-12 years old.

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  • Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

    Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

    07/04/2017 - 07/04/2017

    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.

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  • Spread Like Wildflowers

    Spread Like Wildflowers

    07/20/2017 - 07/20/2017

    Join us in 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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  • Adventure Camp

    Adventure Camp

    07/25/2017 - 07/27/2017

    Kids age 10-13 come out and enjoy 3 days of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, outdoor skills, and environmental education and more. Space is limited, reservations required.

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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. This is a Tri-County competition between Ware, Brantley, and Pierce Counties. The winning county will have free star-gazing programs offered to their 6th grade classes, where the park goes to the school. You can help feed and educate our community.

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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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  • Fall Festival

    Fall Festival

    10/21/2017 - 10/21/2017

    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, a haunted hayride, face painting and much more! Overnight campers may participate in our campsite decoration contest.

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  • Christmas at the Park

    Christmas at the Park

    12/09/2017 - 12/09/2017

    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.

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  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    12/21/2017 - 12/21/2017

    Participate in the 118th national bird count. This is an all-day event that involves counting birds within a 15 mile diameter circle. Please call the park to pre-register and to choose your shift. We will be meeting at the Visitor's Center.

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