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

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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.

Suwannee River Center:
Temporarily closed.

    • 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)

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Swamper's Paddle Excursion
Friday, Oct 9, 2015 6 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Oct 23, 2015 6 PM to 9 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaExperience the swamp as the early settlers did. We will enjoy a two hour guided canoe trip into the great Okefenokee Swamp. Without the noise of a motor we will paddle in and enjoy the birds and wildlife of this beautiful and scenic area. $20 per person all the gear is included.  $20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Billy's Island History Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp
Saturdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Oct 10, 2015 until Nov 28, 2015 
Join us for a tour to the historic Billy's Island. Once there, we will take a short hike to see artifacts left over from a logging town from the early 1900s, Indian Mounds from 500 AD, and the Lee family cemetery from the late 1800s. We will discus the history of the Okefenokee Swamp and the people who tried to tame it.  $20 per person $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Cloud Gazing
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaIt's a Bird, it's a plane, it's up to you to decide what these fluffy rain pockets look like. You will also find out what makes up a cloud and how to tell what weather is coming your way. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Gadzooks! Gators!
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 1 PM to 2 PM
Their eyes poke above the water as their armored hide gleam. Their razor sharp teeth form a ferocious grin. But are they really that mean? Come meet our little buddy Garry the Gator who is swimming in from Crooked River State Park just to teach about how his family is often times just misunderstood.  $2 per person $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Swamp Archery
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 3 PM to 5 PM
Come try to hit the mark at our new archery program. Two of our rangers will teach basic bow techniques, as well as, provide time for shooting. To ensure everyone can participate within the time allotted, please call the office to book the program. Max of 15 people. $2/person  $2 per person $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 9 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 9 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 9 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWe will take the planetary walk then discuss topics that have to do with astronomy as well as observing the night sky through high powered telescopes. 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. Come out and see stargazing at its best. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Handicapped Accessible Swamp Survival
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 5:30 PM to 6 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaMaster how to make fire in a wilderness survival situation through time tested techniques in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Halloween Evenings
Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 29, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaWe will be taking trips to the mysterious Billy's Island after dark.  $15 - $20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Okefenokee Costume Contest
Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 5:30 PM to 6 PM
Come to the picnic shelter for a good old fashion costume contest. There will be awards for Best Super Hero, Scariest, Most Historic, and others. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Trick or Treat at Stephen C. Foster
Saturday, Oct 31, 2015 6 PM to 10 PM
Join us for a fun evening of trick or treating around the park. Campers with candy will be issued a special tag to let other campers know to stop by. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Handicapped Accessible Wings To Soar Event
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 11 AM to 2 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.  Advance tickets recommended. $10. 4 & under free. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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.

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

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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