The Coast / Fargo

Stephen C. Foster State Park

17517 Ga. Highway 177
Fargo, GA 31631

912-637-5274 | 800-864-7275
  • Okefenokee Swamp at Stephen C. Foster.

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  • Cottage at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Swamp trail markers at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Kayaking at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Stephen C. Foster Park Office & Boat Dock Area.

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  • Wildlife at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Canoe or kayak to Billy's Island at Stephen C. Foster.

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This remote park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp -- one of Georgia's seven natural wonders. Spanish moss-laced trees reflect off the black swamp waters, while cypress knees rise upward from the glass-like surface. Paddlers and photographers will enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife like alligators, turtles, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers and numerous other creatures.

There are guided boat tours are available, but the more adventurous visitors may wish to rent canoes, kayaks or jon boats for further exploration of the swamp. Fishing in the lake is excellent, particularly for warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and bowfin. Boating is dependent upon water levels. Overnight guests may stay in a shaded campground or fully equipped cabins. Because the state park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates lock at closing, and a refuge fee is charged.

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

    Refuge Fee $5.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Rentals

    Bicycle, Boat Rental, Canoe / Kayak

    Site Information

    Cabin / Cottage Rentals, Dump Station, Number of Sites, Pull-thru Sites, RVs Permitted, Tenters Welcome

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour

    Billy's Island & Okefenokee Swamp Tour

    08/30/2014 - 09/20/2014

    Join us for a tour of historic Billy's Island. This island was home to Native Americans, pioneers, and lumbermen for thousands of years. We will take a boat out to the island and hike the short trail, about 3/4 of a mile, and view some of the relics left from times past.

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  • Park Clean-up - Your State Parks Day

    Park Clean-up - Your State Parks Day

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    Come show your support of Stephen C. Foster State Park by participating in a park clean-up and beautification project.

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  • Fright Fest at Foster

    Fright Fest at Foster

    10/31/2014 - 11/01/2014

    What better place to celebrate Halloween than the swamp? Come trick or treating through the campground and afterwards take a spooky boat tour and hike on Billy's Island if you dare. Don't forget to bring your costume and candy for the trick or treaters. Boat tour begins at 6 p.m., space is limited.

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