Stephen C. Foster State Park
Fargo, GA 31631
912-637-5274 | 800-864-7275
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
Nature Trails, Trails
Average Nightly Rate
Call for Rates
Boat Launch, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms, Rentals Available, Self-guided Tours
Bicycle, Boat Rental, Canoe / Kayak
Cabin / Cottage Rentals, Dump Station, Number of Sites, Pull-thru Sites, RVs Permitted, Tenters Welcome
Suitable for Ages
Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
10/22/2016 - 11/05/2016
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.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 2016read more
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Twilight Kayak Paddle
10/23/2016 - 10/23/2016
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).read more
Okefenokee Swamp Paddle to Billy's Island
10/26/2016 - 11/02/2016
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 refuge. We will finish our trip by watching the sunset on the paddle back to the park.read more
Dark Sky Celebration - Astronomy Program
12/10/2016 - 12/10/2016
Come celebrate our designation as an official dark sky site by the International Dark Sky Association. We will begin with a ceremony and follow with stargazing in the famed Okefenokee Swamp. This designation signifies that our park has minimal light pollution and that we will continue to minimize our own lighting impact to preserve our dark skies.read more