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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. 
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, 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)
    Suwannee River Eco-Lodge: -- (WiFi. Located in Fargo, 18 miles from the park.)
    Conference Facility ($350)
    - Conference Room (seats 100)
    - Meeting Room (seats 35)
    - Commercial Kitchen (approved caterers only)
    - BBQ Shelter
    Conference Facility & Cottages ($800)
    - 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)

      •Guided Pontoon Boat Tours -- ($10-$15) Space limited, same-day reservations suggested, private tours by reservation.
      • Sunset Tours -- may be available upon request
      • Private Canoe/Kayak Tours -- may be available upon request
      • Canoe, Kayak and Fishing Boat Rental - 15 miles of waterways, Park Paddlers Club, call ahead to confirm water levels
      • Boating – 10 horsepower 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 -- classes by reservation
      • Nature Photography
      • Astronomy - exceptionally dark skies, astronomy programs with 8" and 18" Dobsonian telescopes
      • Playground

    Watch our video on the swamp.

      • 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.

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Swamp Survival
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 6 PM
Master how to make fire in a wilderness survival situation through time tested techniques in the Okefenokee Swamp. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
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We will 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.
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Friday Swamp Campfire
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
The perfect way to end your week is to sit down in the company of fast friends, eat a s'more or two, and hear a few stories around our campfires. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Birding at the Break of Dawn
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 7 AM to 8:30 AM
Join us for sunrise birding over the Okefenokee Swamp. This will be a boat tour that lasts for an hour and a half. We will go out into Billy's lake and look for birds during prime birding time. Feel free to bring binoculars, cameras, or other birding equipment. A field guide will be accessible.  $20.00 a person $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Wilderness Skills
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Do you have the skills to survive? Do you know how to deal with the elements or start a primitive fire? Yes or No? Come out to Stephen C. Foster to get some hands on experience with back country skills.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Saturday Swamp Campfire
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
The perfect way to end your week is to sit down in the company of fast friends, eat a s'more or two, and hear a few stories around our campfires. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Swamp Astronomy
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 9 PM to 10 PM
Star light, star bright, come see the stars tonight. Join some of our rangers to find out more about the celestial bodies that are just above your heads. Not only will you see stars, but some of the major constellations will be discussed through the use of story telling elements. Come take a ride through the milky way with Stephen C. Foster. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Otter Party
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Join us as we explore the lives and activities of the otter. These furry aqua beasts are playful and powerful. We'll learn a little and play a lot as we try to crack open the information about otters. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Swamp History
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 3 PM to 4 PM
What do you know about the past of the "Land of Trembling Earth"? Come to Stephen C. Foster to find out about the events that have occurred at Stephen C. Foster and the people who shaped this area. From fires and fugitives, to loggers and moonshiners you will discover more about the men and women who tried to tame the swamp and failed. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sounds of the Swamp Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Join the naturalist for an hour-long hike along the Trembling Earth Nature Trail. We will watch the sunset and then look for nocturnal creatures and discuss their unique adaptations. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring a flashlight.  $5 parking fee $5 parking. 912-637-5374.
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Bearly There
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
When you are at Stephen C. Foster, all you need are the Bear Necessities. One of those necessities is to hear about these big furry forest dwelling beasts. Come meet Baloo, who is a mounted bear at the park, as we learn about the life, habitats, and eating habits of bears. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Hike & Bike to Hidden Pond
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
We will bike 2.5 miles to a trail that leads to a hidden pond. Only the Park Rangers have known the location of this secret area until now. Bring your own bike and join us for $10 or rent our bike for $20. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Hidden Gem
National Youth Day of Service Trash Mob
Friday, Apr 15, 2016 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Volunteers needed for a “Trash Mob”-collect as much trash from the ground as quick as you can in 30 minutes! 10:00-10:30 am $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
National Trails Day Boardwalk Hike
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 10 AM
Celebrate National Trails Day with a Ranger led hike on our Trembling Earth Boardwalk trail. $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Trail Clean up Project
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 12 PM to 2 PM
Volunteers needed for a National Trails Day Clean up project! $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Get Outdoors Day Billy's Island Hike
Monday, Jun 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Get out, Get dirty, Get fit, on our Get Outdoors Day tour to Billy's Island in the Okefenokee Swamp.  $20 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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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 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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