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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  • 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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  • Cottage at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Swamp trail markers 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 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

  • Fun on the Fourth - Boat Swamp Tour

    Fun on the Fourth - Boat Swamp Tour

    07/02/2016 - 07/02/2016

    Get away from the city and join us for a relaxing sunset cruise on Billy's Lake in the heart of the Okefenokee. Don't forget to dress up in red, white and blue as we celebrate the fourth in some of the country's most beautiful scenery.

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  • Billy's Island Swamp Paddle

    Billy's Island Swamp Paddle

    07/06/2016 - 07/20/2016

    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.

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016
    6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016
    6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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  • Twilight Kayak Paddle

    Twilight Kayak Paddle

    07/08/2016 - 07/22/2016

    Kayak the beautiful Okefenokee Swamp with one of our rangers at sunset. Learn about the ecology, history, and wildlife that inhabits this mysterious land.

     

    Friday, Jul 8, 2016
    7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Friday, Jul 22, 2016
    7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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  • Hooked on Fishing

    Hooked on Fishing

    07/09/2016 - 07/09/2016

    Fishing in the Okefenokee is always fun and the summer is the best time to go. From catfish to brim and everything in between this is the spot to be for fishing. This program will have a ranger teaching children how to fish and then informing them on all of the fish they catch.

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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 be planting butterfly and hummingbird- attracting lantana plants around our flagpole and lush green ferns in front of our Interpretive Center. During the warm months, visitors will be able to see butterflies as they walk from the campground to our Trading Post or over to the Interpretive Center. Come be a part of improving our park!

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