Plantation Trace / Fargo

Stephen C. Foster State Park

17515 GA Hwy. 177
Fargo, GA 31631

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

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

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  • Swamp trail markers at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Cottage at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Kayaking 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. Here, paddlers and photographers will enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis, herons, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers and numerous other creatures make their homes in the 402,000-acre refuge. Stargazers will appreciate the particularly dark sky.

Same-day reservations are recommended for guided pontoon boat tours of the swamp. Sunset tours may be available. More adventurous visitors may wish to rent canoes, kayaks or jon boats for further exploration of the swamp, including a trip to historic Billy's Island. Fishing in the lake is excellent, particularly for warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and bowfin. Boating is dependent upon water levels.  

Perhaps the most famous inhabitant of the Okefenokee Swamp is the American Alligator. Officials estimate that 12,000 of the country's largest reptile live within the 402,000-acre refuge. To safely view these creatures, visitors should admire them from a distance and keep hands and feet inside boats. Pets are not allowed in boats, even privately owned vessels.  

Because Stephen C. Foster State Park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates lock at closing and a $5 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

    Trails

    Average Nightly Rate

    Call for Rates

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch

    Parking on Site

    Picnic Area

    Picnic Shelter

    Public Restrooms

    Rentals Available

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Rentals

    Bicycle

    Boat Rental

    Canoe / Kayak

    Site Information

    Cabin / Cottage Rentals

    Dump Station

    Number of Sites: 64

    Pull-thru Sites

    RVs Permitted

    Tenters Welcome

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

    Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

    06/01/2018 - 08/25/2018

    Watch for meteors, planets, observe the moon or take in all the stars above as we gaze upon a truly dark sky from deep within the Okefenokee. We will use both our unaided eyes and telescopes while we stargaze. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution in the Okefenokee Swamp.

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  • Hike Through History on Billy's Island - National Trails Day

    Hike Through History on Billy's Island - National Trails Day

    06/02/2018 - 06/02/2018

    Paddle to historic Billy's Island with a ranger and explore the relics and remnants of the different people who have lived on the island throughout history. Celebrate National Trails Day as you paddle across Billy's lake and hike the short trail on this isolated island deep within the Okefenokee.

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  • Summer Sunset Paddles: Get Outdoors

    Summer Sunset Paddles: Get Outdoors

    06/09/2018 - 06/30/2018

    Get outdoors and take in a beautiful sunset deep within the Okefenokee Swamp. Get comfortable in a canoe or kayak and follow one of our rangers onto Billy's Lake while learning about the swamp. Keep an eye out for birds flying to roost and listen close for the loud calls of the swamp's frogs.

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  • Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp

    Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp

    07/04/2018 - 07/04/2018

    Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you on Billy's Lake for a beautiful Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy the wildlife and changing colors of the sky as the sun drops beneath the horizon. Listen for the sounds of sandhill cranes and barred owls echoing across the swamp and keep an eye out for alligators along the waters edge.

    Saturday, May 12, 2018
    7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    Saturday, May 26, 2018
    7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    Wednesday, July 4, 2018 read more