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

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Site Information

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

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Star Stare

    Star Stare

    08/12/2017 - 11/17/2017

    Gaze into Laura Walker's dark skies and learn about the celestial beauty to be found there. Get a chance to use our high power telescope and see star dust and light you cannot see with the naked eye.

    Saturday, August 12, 2017
    9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

    Friday, September 22, 2017
    8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Friday, October 20, 2017
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Saturday, October 21, 2017
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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  • Invasive Wipeout - Your State Parks Day

    Invasive Wipeout - Your State Parks Day

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    We will perform a morning service project of wiping out the park's invasive plant species. 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. 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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