Stephen C. Foster State Park

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

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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.

"From Stephen C. Foster State Park, let North America’s largest black water swamp’s current drift you through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and disconnect you from the modern world on a journey to encounter primordial wildlife, touch history and see the universe unfold in the dark skies above."

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 — #5 is dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 64 Campsites — some seasonal
• Pioneer Campground
• 3 Picnic Shelters
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
• Boating — 10 HP limit
• Boat Rental
• Astronomy — International Dark-Sky Association Approved
• Fishing
• Walking — 1.5 miles of trails; guided hikes at 8:30 a.m. ($2)
• Bike Rental
• Birding
• Archery — call to reserve
• Nature Photography
• 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

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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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Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Friday, Aug 4, 2017 9 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Aug 11, 2017 9 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Aug 19, 2017 9 PM to 9:30 PM
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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. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Sunset on the Swamp Paddle
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 7 PM to 9 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. Bring a flashlight (preferably a headlamp).  $15-$20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Swamp Cinema
Friday, Aug 18, 2017 9 PM to 9:45 PM
Friday, Sep 1, 2017 9 PM to 9:45 PM
Get ready to sit back and relax while we watch a movie under the stars on a big blow up screen. We will meet at the amphitheater near the campground. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Come learn the basics of archery and have a little fun. All equipment is provided, and all participants must be age 9 and up. Call the park to pre-pay. Meet at the amphitheater. A waiver must be signed. Program is outdoor/weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.  $10 plus $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