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 Interpretive Center

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  • Laura S. Walker Campsite

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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 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

  • 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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  • Two Trails, One Day - National Trails Day

    Two Trails, One Day - National Trails Day

    06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017

    We will begin with a hike on Big Creek Nature Trail. Keep your eyes peeled for the gopher tortoise and indigo snake. Meet at the Visitor's Center. 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 - Get Outdoors Day

    Kid's Fishing Rodeo - Get Outdoors Day

    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

    Join us for 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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  • Star Stare

    Star Stare

    06/15/2017 - 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. Programs may also include crafts and scorpion hunts.

    Thursday, June 15, 2017
    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Friday, July 28, 2017
    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Saturday, August 12, 2017
    9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

    Friday, September 22, 2017
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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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