Plantation Trace / 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.

    1 of 7
  • Wildlife at Stephen C. Foster

    2 of 7
  • Canoe or kayak to Billy's Island at Stephen C. Foster.

    3 of 7
  • Cottage at Stephen C. Foster

    4 of 7
  • Swamp trail markers at Stephen C. Foster

    5 of 7
  • Kayaking at Stephen C. Foster

    6 of 7
  • Stephen C. Foster Park Office & Boat Dock Area.

    7 of 7

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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

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

    Group Amenities



    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


  • Astronomy


    04/04/2015 - 05/30/2015

    We will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy, as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best.

    read more

  • Billy's Island Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp

    Billy's Island Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp

    04/04/2015 - 04/25/2015

    Join us for a tour to the historic Billy's Island. We will take a short hike to see artifacts left over from a logging town from the early 1900s, Indian Mounds from 500 AD, and the Lee Family Cemetery from the late 1800s. We will discuss the history of the Okefenokee Swamp and the people who tried to tame it.

    read more

  • Sunset Boat Tour

    Sunset Boat Tour

    04/09/2015 - 04/09/2015

    Dare to venture out in the swamp at night. See which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out and the alligators' eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Sign up at the office; space is limited.

    read more

  • Sunset Swamp Paddle

    Sunset Swamp Paddle

    04/11/2015 - 04/25/2015

    Take a guided paddle on the Okefenokee Swamp. Learn some basics of canoeing or kayaking from a certified instructor, and learn about animals that lurk the swamp at night. We will be providing canoes/kayaks, paddles, and PFDs. Sign up in the park office by 5 p.m. on the day of the paddle.

    read more

  • Wings To Soar Event

    Wings To Soar Event

    05/09/2015 - 05/09/2015

    Wings to Soar will thrill the audience by combining music, video, and oh yes, live birds of prey which will fly right over the audience giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "fly by." For more information, visit:

    Saturday, May 9, 2015
    11 a.m. - 12 a.m.
    1 p.m. - 12 a.m.

    read more

  • Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp

    Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp

    05/28/2015 - 06/01/2015

    Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule.

    read more

  • National Trails Day Boardwalk Hike

    National Trails Day Boardwalk Hike

    06/06/2015 - 06/06/2015

    Celebrate National Trails Day with a ranger-led hike on our Trembling Earth Boardwalk trail.

    read more