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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  • 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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  • 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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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

  • Paddle Under the Stars

    Paddle Under the Stars

    04/22/2017 - 04/28/2017

    Join a ranger-guided paddle in a canoe or kayak while the sun sets over the Okefenokee. Watch the last light of day fade into the night, leaving only the stars and the moon to guide the way. Look for gator eyes glowing from your flashlight, enjoy a full moon or the milky way and enjoy a leisurely paddle in the swamp. This program has limited space.

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  • Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

    Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

    05/12/2017 - 05/26/2017

    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.

    Friday, April 21, 2017
    8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp

    Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp

    05/13/2017 - 05/27/2017

    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 find a place to roost for the night. Tours dependent upon water levels and weather conditions. Sign up in advance.

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  • Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island

    Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island

    05/20/2017 - 05/28/2017

    Join our park ranger as we paddle two miles to Billy's Island. Once there, we will dock our boats, hike the short trail and learn about the history of life on the swamp prior to it being a refuge. We will return as the sun begins to set over the swamp. Sign up in advance.

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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  • Trembling Earth Nature Trail Hike - National Trails Day

    Trembling Earth Nature Trail Hike - National Trails Day

    06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017

    Join a ranger for a guided hike around the Trembling Earth Nature Trail. Learn about what makes the Okefenokee so special on this morning guided hike.

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