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


  • Swamp Archery

    Swamp Archery

    02/05/2016 - 04/30/2016

    Come try to hit the mark at our new archery program. Two of our rangers will teach basic bow techniques, as well as, provide time for shooting. Call to reserve a time. Subject to staff availability and weather. Minimum age of 7.

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  • Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

    Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy

    02/13/2016 - 04/30/2016

    We will discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. 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. Come out and see stargazing at its best.

    Saturday, February 13, 2016
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Saturday, March 12, 2016
    8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Saturday, March 19, 2016
    9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Birding at the Break of Dawn

    Birding at the Break of Dawn

    02/20/2016 - 02/20/2016

    Join us for sunrise birding over the Okefenokee Swamp. This will be a boat tour that lasts for an hour and a half. We will go out into Billy's lake and look for birds during prime birding time. Feel free to bring binoculars, cameras, or other birding equipment. A field guide will be accessible.

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  • Wilderness Skills

    Wilderness Skills

    02/20/2016 - 02/27/2016

    Do you have the skills to survive? Do you know how to deal with the elements or start a primitive fire? Yes or No? Come out to Stephen C. Foster to get some hands on experience with back country skills.

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  • Swamp Astronomy

    Swamp Astronomy

    02/20/2016 - 02/20/2016

    Star light, star bright, come see the stars tonight. Join some of our rangers to find out more about the celestial bodies that are just above your heads. Not only will you see stars, but some of the major constellations will be discussed through the use of story telling elements. Come take a ride through the milky way with Stephen C. Foster.

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  • Hike & Bike to Hidden Pond

    Hike & Bike to Hidden Pond

    03/19/2016 - 03/19/2016

    We will bike 2.5 miles to a trail that leads to a hidden pond. Only the Park Rangers have known the location of this secret area until now. Bring your own bike and join us for $10 or rent our bike for $20.

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  • National Youth Day of Service Trash Mob

    National Youth Day of Service Trash Mob

    04/15/2016 - 04/15/2016

    Volunteers are needed for a "Trash Mob." Collect as much trash from the ground as quick as you can in 30 minutes!

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  • National Trails Day Boardwalk Hike

    National Trails Day Boardwalk Hike

    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

    Trail Clean up Project

    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 some 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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