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Stephen C. Foster State Park

Stephen C. Foster State Park
17515 Hwy. 177
912-637-5274

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 boat tours of the swamp. Sunset and night 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 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.

Things To Do & See

Astronomy
Biking
Birding
Boating — 10 HP limit
Fishing
Geocaching
Hiking — 1.5 miles of trails
Paddling— 15 miles of waterways
Park Paddlers Club
Photography
Programs & Private Tours
Bike Rental
Boat, Kayak & Canoe Rental
Archery (no open range, events only)


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