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Laura S. Walker State Park

 
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Camping & Golf Packages are available at the park's 18 hole The Lakes Golf Course
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

Natural Knowledge
Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Jun 1, 2016 until Dec 28, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
On select Wednesdays, learn about the wonders of the natural world around us, making a craft, and taking an interpretive hike with our naturalist. Topics vary each week.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Laura S. Walker Trail Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
In honor of National Trails Day join a member of park staff for a hike on the Laura Walker Lake Trail. Meet at picnic shelter #7, the boat ramp location. Please bring water and wear bug spray, sun screen, and comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Story and Craft
Saturdays 4 PM - 5 PM – Jun 4, 2016 until Dec 31, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
On select Saturdays throughout the year enjoy a story with a park ranger then a fun craft. Each week will be a different theme. Please call the park for specific dates for this program.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Hook a Kid on Golf
Weekdays 9 AM - 12 PM from Jun 6, 2016 until Jun 10, 2016 
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. 912-285-6154.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Camp
Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 to Friday, Jun 10, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2016 to Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 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.  $40.00 per student $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Fishing Rodeo-Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 8 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Grab a pole and join us for a fun day of fishing at the park. Fishing licenses required for those over the age of 16. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Meeting
3rd Monday of Month 7 PM - 8 PM until Nov 21, 2016 
Thursday, Jun 16, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
More Dates...
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Come join us at Group Shelter #1 for our monthly meeting. Meet volunteers and friends who care for the park and discuss upcoming events and current park projects. Learn about ways in which you can get involved and volunteer. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration
Monday, Jul 4, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Children can participate in 3-legged races, sack races, sailboat races, cornhole, relay races, egg carry, and other fun games. Free watermelon, hot dogs, drinks and cookies will be available afterward while supplies last. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Heels And Wheels For Megan's House Triathlon/Duathlon
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Registration begins at 6:00 a.m. Challenge begins at 7:30 a.m. Please visit http://drcsports.com/calendar for more event details and fees or call the DRC Sports Race Management office at 352-637-2475. You may also contact the Easter Seals/Megan's House at 877-541-7325. $5 parking. 877-541-7325.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Beautiful Birds and Butterflies
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Enjoy a short presentation on some of the winged creatures that call this park home. Children can participate in a craft while the adults can help tidy up the Interpretive Center's bird/butterfly sanctuary.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
In conjunction with National Public Lands Day, come join other volunteers for a day of service at the park. Volunteers will be working on a variety of projects that include lake clean up with Rivers Alive and the Cooperative Extension Office. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 4:30 PM to 9 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 live music, bingo, hayrides, a haunted hayride, face painting and much more! There will even be some activities for toddlers.  $3 per vehicle. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
The Night Sky
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Join us for a fascinating evening learning about the night sky. Sculpt your own moon crater and create a map of the solar system, then head outdoors to enjoy the view.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Walk off the Turkey Hike
Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Join a member of park staff as we walk off the turkey and talk turkey on the Big Creek Nature Trail. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas at the Interpretive Center
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 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.
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

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