Stephen C. Foster State Park

Stephen C. Foster State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 912-637-5274

SMOKE ADVISORY: Starting Friday, July 15th, the U.S. Forest Service will start a prescribed burn at Honey Island. Stephen C. Foster may have smoke from the burning come into Billy's Island and the park. This will likely last through the weekend. Please call the park with questions.
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» Boating Notice:
› Boating activities may be restricted during low water levels.

» Visitor Notices:
› The park is located 18 miles from Fargo and 50 miles from a major grocery store.
› Visitors should bring all supplies with them and have plenty of gasoline in their vehicle.
› Cell phone service may be unreliable.
› Late arrivals are not allowed due to NWR regulations.

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.

$5 refuge parking fee.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Gates lock at 10 p.m. No late access.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 80 Acres
• 9 Cottages ($150)— #5 is dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 64 Campsites ($28–$35) — some seasonal
• Pioneer Campground ($55)
• 3 Picnic Shelters ($40–$50)
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge — located in Fargo, 18 miles from park

Things to Do & See:

Programs & Private Tours
• Kayak & Canoe Rental — 15 miles of waterways
• Park Paddlers Club
• Boat Rental — 10 HP limit
• First Time Camper Program
• Fishing
• Walking — 2.5-mile Trembling Earth Nature Trail; guided hikes at 8:30 a.m. ($2)
• Bike Rental
• Birding
• Archery — call to reserve
• Nature Photography
• Astronomy
• Playground
• Geocaching

Nearby Attractions:

• Fargo Golf Course
Golden Isles of Georgia
Laura S. Walker State Park
• Okefenokee Adventures
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
• Okefenokee Swamp Park
• Suwannee Canal Recreation Area
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker
Waycross, Georgia

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  • 64 Campsites - Reserve
  • 9 Cottages - Reserve
  • 3 Picnic Shelters - Reserve
  • 1 Pioneer Camp - Reserve
  • Suwanee River Eco-Lodge Facilities in Fargo, Georgia, 18 miles from Stephen C. Foster State Park - Learn More
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Twilight Kayak Paddle
Friday, Jul 29, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Aug 5, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Aug 19, 2016 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Kayak the beautiful Okefenokee Swamp with one of our rangers at sunset. Learn about the ecology, history, and wildlife that inhabits this mysterious land.  $15-$10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Billy's Island History Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Join us for a tour to historic Billy's Island. Once there, we will take a short hike to see artifacts left over from an early 1900's logging town, the Lee family cemetery from the late 1800's and an Indian mound from around 500 AD. We will discuss the history of the Okefenokee Swamp and the people who tried to tame it.  $15-$20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Boardwalk Hike
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Take a guided boardwalk hike on the Trembling Earth Nature Trail. The hike will be a easy 3/4 mile. Along the hike we will discuss the different habitats of the Okefenokee. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Sunset Boat Tour of the Swamp
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Sit back and relax while one of our rangers takes you out on Billy's lake for a beautiful, Okefenokee sunset. Enjoy all the wildlife that the Okefenokee has to offer from alligators to the magnificent birds as they roost for the night. Tours dependent upon water levels and weather conditions.  $15 - $20 plus $5 parking. 913-637-5274.
Party Under the Perseids
Friday, Aug 12, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Witness one of the most popular meteor showers to grace the skies of our planet from one of the darkest locations in this part of the country. The Perseid meteor shower can produce as many 50-100 meteors per hour. We will also observe other features of the night sky and learn about the effects of night pollution. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Handicapped Accessible
Wheels, Water and Woodpeckers
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Get your bike out and hit the road with a ranger as we ride out to one of our parks hidden gems, a secret pond, hidden just off the road. Well keep an eye out for the many species of woodpeckers that call our area home, including the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Hidden Gem
Save our Parks and Make Them Beautiful! - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 10 AM
We will have a park service project for You're State Parks Day. Then we will be discussing why State Parks are so important. Come be a part of improving our park! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Stephen C. Foster State Park
17515 Highway 177
Fargo, GA 31631
Clinch County

GPS Coordinates:

N 30.8269500 | W -082.3621000
Located 18 miles northeast of Fargo at the end of Highway 177. Note that GPS directions are often not accurate; consult a highway map.

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Stephen C. Foster State Park
17515 Highway 177
Fargo, GA 31631 View Details

Stephen C. Foster State Park