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. 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


  • Coastal Georgia Kayak Family Camp

    Coastal Georgia Kayak Family Camp

    06/02/2016 - 06/05/2016

    Join this kayaking adventure that includes freshwater swamp and saltmarsh, plus four nights of camping. Join park rangers to explore Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp, Crooked River State Park, Sapelo Island, and the Reynolds Mansion. Register in advance.

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  • Boardwalk Hike - National Trails Day

    Boardwalk Hike - National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

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

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  • Trail Clean Up Project - National Trails Day

    Trail Clean Up Project - National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    Volunteers needed for a National Trails Day Clean up project!

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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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