Laura S. Walker State Park

 
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Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants, including alligators and carnivorous pitcher plants. Walking or biking along the lake’s edge and nature trail, visitors may spot the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons. The park’s lake offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating, and kayaks and bicycles are available for rent. The Lakes, a championship 18 hole golf course, features a clubhouse, golf pro and junior/senior rates. Greens are undulating rather than tiered. Each fairway and landing area is defined with gentle, links-style mounds that accent the course’s three large lakes. New Sportsman's Cabins sleep six. The park’s namesake was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who loved trees and worked for their preservation.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 31.143466 | W -082.214533
Located 9 miles southeast of Waycross on Route 177. Take 1-75 to exit 62, follow US 82 east through Waycross. Or, I-95 to exit 36, follow US 82 west 47 miles.


Address
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, GA 31503
Ware County
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Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, GA 31503 View Details


  31.143466
Laura S. Walker State Park

 


Phone
912-287-4900
912-285-6154

Coastal Kids Nature Camp
Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Join park rangers at three different sites and participate in water activities at each site. Students will visit Crooked River State Park, Laura S. Walker State Park, and Fort King George Historic Site. A park ranger will provide transportation from Crooked River to each site.  $105 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Golf Tournament
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 9 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
This is your chance to support your park and have a blast while you are at it. This will be a shotgun start tournament. Prizes for the tournament are as follows: 1st place wins $200, 2nd place wins $120 and 3rd place wins $80.  $200 a team/$50 a person. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Star Stare
Friday, Apr 7, 2017 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 9 PM to 10 PM
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Gaze into Laura Walker's dark skies and learn about the celestial beauty to be found there. Get a chance to use our high power telescope and see star dust and light you cannot see with the naked eye. Programs may also include crafts and scorpion hunts.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Easter at Twilight
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 6 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Bring your flashlight and baskets, and join us for a fun egg hunt in the dark. Crafts will start at 6 p.m. with no charge. We will have two egg hunts, one at 7:30 p.m. for children ages 0-5 at the Interpretive Center, and the second at 8:30 p.m. will be at the Park Office and open to all ages.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Butterflies for Earth Day
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
We will meet at the Interpretive Center and start Earth Day off with a butterfly count. Splitting off into groups, we will see how many species we have in different habitats. Afterwards, we will have a snack and create awesome butterfly crafts... $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Mother's Day with Mother Nature
Saturday, May 13, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Do something different from the usual Mother's Day dinner. Bring your mom out the the park for a day of service and fun. We will begin in the park's flower beds picking out undesirables. Then we will go on a hike on Big Creek Nature Trail... $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Pet Adopt-a-Thon
Saturday, May 27, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Adopt a cat or dog, enjoy raffles and exhibits from local animal-associated businesses, bring your leashed pet to enjoy our nature trails and participate in a vaccine clinic. Please don't bring animals with a history of aggression. Livestock are not permitted on park grounds. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
We will begin with a hike on Big Creek Nature Trail, meeting at the Visitor's Center. Keep your eyes peeled for the gopher tortoise and indigo snake...  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 8 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Celebrate this day by watching the full moon rise over our black water. Limited space; pre-registration required. This is a ranger led paddle, the lake is closed to the public after sunset.  $25 single; $35 tandem $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Kid's Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Celebrate National Fishing Week at the Park. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome to participate. Prizes in various categories will be awarded. Hot dogs, drinks, and live bait will be provided. All children must register at the Gazebo before fishing... $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Hook a Kid on Golf
Monday, Jun 12, 2017 8 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
A week long course in partnership with the YMCA to teach children ages 7-14 an introduction to golf. Nine core values are taught. Attendance is limited to 40 participants. Volunteer coaches help teach this week long class. Participants receive a set of golf clubs, shirt, hat, and water bottle.  125 plus $5 parking. 912-285-6154.
Junior Ranger Camp
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, trail walks, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the Park Office to register. Ages 6-12 years old.  $40 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Families can participate in old-fashioned games. Free watermelon, hot dogs, drinks and cookies will be available afterward while supplies last. This event will be at Group Shelter #2. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Spread Like Wildflowers
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Join us in planting native wildflower seeds through out the park. Afterwards we will create flower pressings, pot our own in containers we decorate, go on a flower ID hike, and learn about why flowers even exist. The day will begin at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Adventure Camp
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 9 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Kids age 10-13 come out and enjoy 3 days of outdoor adventure. Kayaking, fishing, hiking, outdoor skills, and environmental education and more. Space is limited, reservations required.  $95 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Canned Counties
Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017 8 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
All month long you will be able to drop canned goods off at the park's Visitor's Center. This is a Tri-County competition between Ware, Brantley, and Pierce Counties. The winning county will have free star-gazing programs offered to their 6th grade classes, where the park goes to the school... 912-287-4900.
Handicapped Accessible
Invasive Wipeout
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 8 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
We will perform a morning service project of wiping out the park's invasive plant species. An invasive species control workshop will follow, tailored to a typical land/yard owner's needs. We will also have native plants for sale through a local nursery... $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Bark in the Park
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 9 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Bring your canine friend for a day of fun. Enter into our agility and obedience competitions, or if you have a youngster, they can join the puppy race. We will have some demonstrations, dog safe treats, and dog hikes. Registration for each competition will be $10 a canine... $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Rivers Alive
Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 8 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
The focus on this day is cleaning up around our lake shoreline. The park is working with the local 4-H chapter, and along with the feel good vibes for helping the community, you will also get a free Rivers Alive shirt... $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
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Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 3 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Children of all ages can play brand new games as well as old favorites to win candy. Bring the whole family because we will also have bingo, hayrides, a haunted hayride, face painting and much more! Overnight campers may participate in our campsite decoration contest.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas at the Park
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 5 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Join the staff at the Interpretive Center for some holiday crafts, a campfire, and some Christmas sweets. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Participate in the 118th national bird count. This is an all day event that involves counting birds within a 15 mile diameter circle. Please call the park to pre-register and to choose your shift. We will be meeting at the Visitor's Center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Contacts
BOB HOWARD BOYNE
912-285-5615  PARK MANAGER, GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Darlene Youmans

Lou Carver

Owen Travis Griffin
912-287-4900  Assistant Manager