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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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Directions

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.

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


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Stephen C. Foster State Park

 


Phone
912-637-5274

Swamp Archery
8 AM from Feb 5, 2016 until Apr 30, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Hit the mark at our new archery program. Rangers will teach basic bow techniques and provide time for shooting. Call to reserve a time. Subject to weather. Minimum age of 7.  $10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Namaste in Nature Yoga
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Join us on the Trembling Earth Nature Trail for yoga inspired by our swamp creatures. We will attempt to mimic poses inspired by the yellow-eared sliders, sandhill cranes, alligators, and anhingas. It will be a relaxing way to start our day (not from a certified yoga instructor)... $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
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Swamp Survival
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 6 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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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Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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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Swamp Archery
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
Try to hit the mark at our new archery program. Our AmeriCorps ranger will teach basic bow techniques, as well as provide time for shooting. Registration required. Minimum age is 7.  $10 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Friday Swamp Campfire
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Feb 26, 2016 8 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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... $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Otter Party
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 8 AM to 9 AM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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... $5 parking. 912-637-5274.
Sounds of the Swamp Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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. 912-637-5374.
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Bearly There
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 8 AM to 9 AM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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.
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National Youth Day of Service Trash Mob
Friday, Apr 15, 2016 10 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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
Presenter/Location: Stephen C. Foster State Park
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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Contacts
John and Karen Stone
229-249-9283 

Kathy Griffis
912-637-5274  Stephen C Foster State Park

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