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

 
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See what SUWANNEE RIVER ECO-LODGE FACILITIES are available.
   SUWANNEE RIVER VISITOR CENTER: Temporarily closed.
 
   BURN NOTICE: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are planning numerous prescribed burns over the next several months. On days when a prescribed burn will occur, portions of the refuge may be closed to the public.  Please adhere to all posted signs, road closures and instructions.   News Release

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.  Astronomy programs with an 18" telescope are sometimes offered.
 
Park staff offer guided boat tours at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Same-day reservations are recommended. Sunset tours are offered upon request, call the park for details. 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.  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.

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.  Children should not play near the water’s edge.  Feeding any wildlife is prohibited.  Following these guidelines will help visitors have a safe and entertaining experience in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia.

At the park's Suwannee River Visitor Center in Fargo, visitors learn not only about the Okefenokee Swamp's ecosystem, but also how buildings can be made from recycled car parts. Located off Hwy. 441 at the Suwannee River bridge, the center mixes environmental education with engineering showmanship. Inside, visitors learn that tannic acid produced by decaying vegetation is what gives the river its tea color, and that unlike other reptiles, mother alligators actively care for their babies. A third of the building materials was made from recycled content, including a retaining wall made from old dashboards and electrical cables.  Call ahead to confirm hours of operation.

Because Stephen C. Foster State Park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gate lock at closing and a $5 refuge fee is charged.
 
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Park Hours: 7AM–10PM (gate locks at close; no late entry)
Office Hours: 8AM–5 PM
$5 refuge parking fee.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/StephenCFoster

Suwannee River Center:
Temporarily closed.


ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 80 Acres
    • 9 Cottages ($150) -- #5 is dog friendly ($45 per dog, max 2)
    • 64 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($28-$35) – cable TV hookups, some areas closed seasonally
    • Pioneer Campground ($55)
    • 3 Picnic Shelters ($40-$50)



    Suwannee River Eco-Lodge: -- (The Eco-Lodge has Wi-Fi accessibility and is located 18-miles from the park.)
    - Conference Room (seats 100, $185)
    - Meeting Room (seats 35, $125)
    - Commercial Kitchen ($75, approved caterers only)
    - BBQ Shelter ($35)
    - Eco-Lodge Cottages:
       #1 & 10 (sleep 8, $145)
       #2, 3, 8, 9 (sleep 4, $125)
       #4, 5, 6 & 7 - (efficiencies, sleep 2, $85)
    (ADA cottages are #2, 5, 6, 9)

    - Eco-Lodge Group Camp all ($350/night)



ACTIVITIES:
    Guided Pontoon Boat Tours - 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting June 1st - ($10-$15) - space limited, depending on water levels, private tours by reservation.
    Sunset Tours offered upon request, call the park for details.
    We offer private canoe/kayak tours upon request. Call the park for more details.
    • Canoe, Kayak and Fishing Boat Rental - 15 miles of waterways, Park Paddlers Club, call ahead to confirm water levels
    • Boating – 10 horsepower limit
    • Fishing
    • Walking -- 2.5-mile Trembling Earth Nature Trail, Guided Hikes at 8:30 a.m. ($2)
    • Bike Rental
    • Birding
    • Nature Photography
    • Astronomy - exceptionally dark skies, astronomy programs with 8" and 18" Dobsonian telescopes
    • Playground
    GeoCaching


Watch our video on the swamp.


THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
    • Boating activities may be restricted during low water levels.
    • 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. The park office sells drinks, snacks, ice, books, gifts and t-shirts.
    • Cell phone service may be unreliable.
    • Late arrivals are not allowed due to NWR regulations. Gates lock at 10 p.m.






NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:
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Events
Boardwalk Hike
Sundays 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM – Apr 26, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunTake 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.
Astronomy
Saturdays 9 PM - 10 PM – May 2, 2015 until May 30, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWe will be discussing topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through some high powered telescopes. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of the darkest places in the Southeast, due to a lack of light pollution, so come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Handicapped Accessible Wings To Soar Event
Saturday, May 9, 2015 11 AM
Saturday, May 9, 2015 1 PM
Wings to Soar will thrill the audience by combining music, video, and live birds of prey which will fly right over the audience giving a whole new meaning to the phrase "fly by." See a bald eagle, vulture, red-tail hawk, barred owl and peregrine falcon. Held at the park's eco-lodge in Fargo. www.soarsouth.org  Advance tickets recommended. $10. 4 & under free. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 16, 2015 8 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin us for a day of Games, Crafts, and Interpretive Programs for Kids. All day kids 11 and under get free boat tours in the Okefenokee Swamp! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp
Thursday, May 28, 2015 until Monday, Jun 1, 2015 11 AM to 5 PM
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Reservations required by May 7. Click event to view flyer and schedule.  $649 per adult, $549 per child (12 and under). Some meals included. 912-882-5256.
National Trails Day Boardwalk Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunCelebrate National Trails Day with a Ranger led hike on our Trembling Earth Boardwalk trail. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Address/Directions
Stephen C. Foster State Park
17515 Hwy. 177
Fargo, GA 31631
Clinch County


GPS Coordinates:
N 30.8269500 | W -082.3621000

Located 18 miles northeast of Fargo at the end of Ga. Hwy. 177. Note that GPS directions are often not accurate; consult a highway map.

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


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Stephen C. Foster State Park


Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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