Laura S. Walker State Park

Laura S. Walker State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 912-287-4900
Golf Course 912-285-6154

NOTICE: Due to drought, there is a fire ban in place at Laura S. Walker State Park.
NOTICE: Due to the Okefenokee fire, smoke is a possibility at Laura S. Walker State Park. Those with breathing issues are cautioned.
Site-specific reservations are here! You're now able to reserve select campsites at Laura S. Walker.

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Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants, including alligators and carnivorous pitcher plants. Walking or biking along the lake’s edge and nature trail, visitors may spot the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons. The park’s lake offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating, and kayaks and bicycles are available for rent. The Lakes, a championship 18 hole golf course, features a clubhouse, golf pro and junior/senior rates. Greens are undulating rather than tiered. Each fairway and landing area is defined with gentle, links-style mounds that accent the course’s three large lakes. New Sportsman's Cabins sleep six. The park’s namesake was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who loved trees and worked for their preservation.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 626 Acres
• 44 Campsites
• 6 Sportsman's Cabins — #4 is dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 7 Picnic Shelters
• 4 Group Shelters (seat 75–165)
• Group Camp (sleeps 142)
• Pioneer Campground
• 120-Acre Lake
The Lakes Golf Course & Pro Shop
The Lakes Grille at The Lakes Golf Course
wireless connection Available in the Visitor Center


• Golf
• Fishing
• Boating — 10 HP limit except between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. EDT & 11 a.m.–7 p.m. DST
• Kayak & Stand-Up Paddleboard Rentals
• Waterskiing
• Playgrounds
• Lake Swimming
• Geocaching
• Hiking & Biking — 4 miles of trails; wildlife observation boardwalk
• Weddings

Nearby Attractions:

Crooked River State Park
• Dixon Memorial WMA
• Fairground
• Farmers Market
General Coffee State Park
Golden Isles of Georgia
• Historic Downtown Waycross
• Jekyll Island
• Obediah's Okefenok
• Okefenokee Adventures
• Okefenokee Heritage Center
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
• Okefenokee Swamp Park
• Satilla River
• Southern Forest World
• St. Simons Island
Stephen C. Foster State Park
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
• Waycross Motor Speedway

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Pet Adopt-a-Thon
Saturday, May 27, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Adopt a cat or dog, enjoy raffles and exhibits from local animal-associated businesses, bring your leashed pet to enjoy our nature trails and participate in a vaccine clinic. Please don't bring animals with a history of aggression. Livestock are not permitted on park grounds. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Two Trails, One Day - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
We will begin with a hike on Big Creek Nature Trail, meeting at the Visitor's Center. Keep your eyes peeled for the gopher tortoise and indigo snake. Then at 11 AM we will meet at Picnic Shelter #7 to hike down the Laura Walker Lake Trail to the boardwalk, where you may enjoy yourself at your own pace and head back up the trail at your leisure.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Celebrate this day by watching the full moon rise over our black water. Limited space; pre-registration required. This is a ranger led paddle, the lake is closed to the public after sunset.  $25 single; $35 tandem $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Kid's Fishing Rodeo - Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
Celebrate National Fishing Week at the Park. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome to participate. Prizes in various categories will be awarded. Hot dogs, drinks, and live bait will be provided. All children must register at the Gazebo before fishing. We will also be doing a fish count, so weigh and identify your fish. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Hook a Kid on Golf
Monday, Jun 12, 2017 8 AM
A week long course in partnership with the YMCA to teach children ages 7-14 an introduction to golf. Nine core values are taught. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Volunteer coaches help teach this week long class. Participants receive a set of golf clubs, shirt, hat, and water bottle.  125 plus $5 parking. 912-285-6154.
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Star Stare
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday, Jul 28, 2017 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Gaze into Laura Walker's dark skies and learn about the celestial beauty to be found there. Get a chance to use our high power telescope and see star dust and light you cannot see with the naked eye. Programs may also include crafts and scorpion hunts.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Junior Ranger Camp
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the Park Office to register. Ages 6-12 years old.  $40 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Families can participate in old-fashioned games. Free watermelon, hot dogs, drinks and cookies will be available afterward while supplies last. This event will be at Group Shelter #2. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Spread Like Wildflowers
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
Join us in planting native wildflower seeds through out the park. Afterwards we will create flower pressings, pot our own in containers we decorate, go on a flower ID hike, and learn about why flowers even exist. The day will begin at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Adventure Camp
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Kids age 10-13 come out and enjoy 3 days of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, outdoor skills, and environmental education and more. Space is limited, reservations required.  $95 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Canned Counties
Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 8 AM
All month long you will be able to drop canned goods off at the park's Visitor's Center. This is a Tri-County competition between Ware, Brantley, and Pierce Counties. The winning county will have free star-gazing programs offered to their 6th grade classes, where the park goes to the school. You can help feed AND educate our community. 912-287-4900.
Handicapped Accessible
Invasive Wipeout
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
We will perform a morning service project of wiping out the park's invasive plant species. An invasive species control workshop will follow, tailored to a typical land/yard owner's needs. We will also have native plants for sale through a local nursery. Come out and learn why foreign plants are an issue and how to get rid of them. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Bark in the Park
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 9 AM
Bring your canine friend for a day of fun. Enter into our agility and obedience competitions, or if you have a youngster, they can join the puppy race. We will have some demonstrations, dog safe treats, and dog hikes. Registration for each competition will be $10 a canine. Prizes will be from local businesses. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Rivers Alive
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
The focus on this day is cleaning up around our lake shoreline. The park is working with the local 4-H chapter, and along with the feel good vibes for helping the community, you will also get a free Rivers Alive shirt. We will be meeting at the Interpretive Center, and please bring water,closed-toed shoes, and gloves. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 3 PM to 7 PM
Children of all ages can play brand new games as well as old favorites to win candy. Bring the whole family because we will also have bingo, hayrides, a haunted hayride, face painting and much more! Overnight campers may participate in our campsite decoration contest.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas at the Park
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 5 PM to 8 PM
Join the staff at the Interpretive Center for some holiday crafts, a campfire, and some Christmas sweets. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Participate in the 118th national bird count. This is an all day event that involves counting birds within a 15 mile diameter circle. Please call the park to pre-register and to choose your shift. We will be meeting at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, GA 31503
Ware County

GPS Coordinates:

N 31.143466 | W -082.214533
Located 9 miles southeast of Waycross on Route 177. Take 1-75 to exit 62, follow US 82 east through Waycross. Or, I-95 to exit 36, follow US 82 west 47 miles.

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Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, GA 31503 View Details

Laura S. Walker State Park