Suwannee River Visitor Center

Suwannee River Visitor Center

Visitor Center is temporarily closed.

Located at the Highway 441 bridge in Fargo, about 18 miles from Stephen C. Foster State Park.

125 Suwannee River Drive, Fargo, GA 31631

Bear Display
Located west of the famed Okefenokee Swamp and backed by Spanish-moss draped trees, the Suwannee River Visitor Center overlooks a bend in the black-water river where people can fish and launch boats. 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.

Animal displays include a black bear, bobcat, fox squirrel, otter, snakes, fish and numerous birds, including an endangered wood stork. A short film takes visitors on a leisurely trip through the river and swamp, highlighting flowers, insects, misty morning fog and the many creatures that call the waters home. The center also includes exhibits on the timber industry, local history and energy efficiency.

The Suwannee River Visitor Center is operated by Stephen C. Foster State Park, the western gateway to the Okefenokee Swamp. For more information, call 912-637-5274.

» Exhibits

  • 10-minute, high definition, surround sound film
  • Mounted animals (black bear, bobcat, fox squirrel, otter, snakes, fish and birds, including an endangered wood stork)
  • Swamp and river history
  • Timber industry
  • Local history
  • Interactive exhibits

» Accommodations

» "Green" Building

  • Composting toilets use no water and solar fans for ventilation
  • Insulation made from recycled newsprint treated to be fire retardant
  • Parking lot made from porous concrete to reduce storm water runoff
  • Decking made from recycled plastic
  • Retaining wall made from recycled electrical cable and automobile dashboards
  • Carpet and ceiling tiles made from recycled materials
  • Natural lighting
  • High-efficiency heating and air conditioning unit70% of all building materials from local sources
  • 30% of all materials have recycled content
  • 77% construction waste was recycled