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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  • 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. 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, Pull-thru Sites, RVs Permitted, Tenters Welcome

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp

    Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp

    09/03/2016 - 09/17/2016

    Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you out on Billy's lake for a beautiful, Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy all the wildlife that the Okefenokee has to offer from alligators to the magnificent birds as they roost for the night. Tours dependent upon water levels and weather conditions.

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  • Twilight Kayak Paddle

    Twilight Kayak Paddle

    09/04/2016 - 09/23/2016

    Kayak the beautiful Okefenokee Swamp with one of our rangers at sunset. Learn about the ecology, history, and wildlife that inhabits this mysterious land. Bring a flashlight (preferably a headlamp).

    Sunday, August 28, 2016
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Sunday, September 4, 2016
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Sunday, September 11, 2016
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Sunday, September 18, 2016
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  • Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island

    Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island

    09/07/2016 - 09/28/2016

    Join our park ranger as we paddle 2 miles to Billy's Island. Once there, we will dock our boats and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refugee. We will finish our trip by watching the sunset on the paddle back to the park.

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  • Save Our Parks and Make Them Beautiful - Your State Parks Day

    Save Our Parks and Make Them Beautiful - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    We will have a park service project for You're State Parks Day. Then we will be discussing why State Parks are so important. We will clean up our park while riding around on bikes, this will be a fun way to exercise and play a part in keeping the Okefenokee beautiful. Come be a part of improving our park!

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