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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  • 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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  • Kayaking 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


    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


  • Wheels, Water and Woodpeckers

    Wheels, Water and Woodpeckers

    07/27/2016 - 07/27/2016

    Get your bike out and hit the road with a ranger as we ride out to one of our parks hidden gems, a secret pond, hidden just off the road. We will keep an eye out for the many species of woodpeckers that call our area home, including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

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  • Twilight Kayak Paddle

    Twilight Kayak Paddle

    07/29/2016 - 07/29/2016

    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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  • Billy's Island History Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp

    Billy's Island History Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp

    07/30/2016 - 07/30/2016

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

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  • Party Under the Perseids

    Party Under the Perseids

    08/12/2016 - 08/12/2016

    Witness one of the most popular meteor showers to grace the skies of our planet from one of the darkest locations in this part of the country. The Perseid meteor shower can produce as many 50-100 meteors per hour. We will also observe other features of the night sky and learn about the effects of night pollution.

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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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