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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  • Swamp trail markers at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Cottage at Stephen C. Foster

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  • Kayaking at Stephen C. Foster

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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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  • Stephen C. Foster Park Office & Boat Dock Area.

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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

  • Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

    Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

    09/22/2017 - 11/23/2017

    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.

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  • Paddle Under the Stars

    Paddle Under the Stars

    09/23/2017 - 11/25/2017

    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. Register in advance.

    Saturday, September 23, 2017
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Friday, September 29, 2017
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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  • Billy's Island by Night Paddle

    Billy's Island by Night Paddle

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Join a ranger guided paddle to historic Billy's Island where we will beach our kayaks and canoes and go on a short hike. Watch as night takes over the swamp. We will talk about the different people who lived on the island throughout history. Prepare to see and hear the swamp at night just as those who lived here in the past. Ages 5 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Saturday, Oct 28, 2017
    6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

    Saturday, Nov 4, 2017
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