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


    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


  • 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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  • First Day Hike

    First Day Hike

    01/01/2018 - 01/01/2018

    We will hike 1.3 miles on the Big Creek Nature Trail. Adults, kids and dogs welcome. Wear sturdy shoes and dogs must be on a 6' leash. After the hike, you are welcome to join us and write your regrets for the 2017 year and burn them in our campfire. Then write down your hopes for the New Year and take that home with you as a reminder.

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  • Twilight Easter Egg Hunt

    Twilight Easter Egg Hunt

    03/31/2018 - 03/31/2018

    Bring your flashlights and Easter baskets. There will be two Easter Egg Hunts. Ages 0-5 will start at 7:30 p.m., and meet at the park interpretive center. Children ages 6-12 will start at 8:30 p.m., and meet at the park visitor center. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park.

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  • Hook a Kid on Golf

    Hook a Kid on Golf

    06/04/2018 - 06/09/2018

    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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  • 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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  • 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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