Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Laura S. Walker State Park

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LAKE NOTICE:  The park's lake will be closed to all boating on Oct. 15 for several months, allowing for maintenance and construction projects.  

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.  The park’s namesake was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who loved trees and worked for their preservation.


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Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 31.143466 | W -082.214533

Located 9 miles southeast of Waycross on GA 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.

  • About Mrs. Laura Walker


  • Address
    5653 Laura Walker Rd.
    Waycross, GA 31503
    Ware County
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    Phone
    912-287-4900
    912-285-6154

    Laura S. Walker First Day Hike
    Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 9 AM to 10 AM
    Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
    Join us for a 1.3 mile ranger-led nature hike along our beautiful Big Creek Nature Trail. We will see and discuss flora and fauna that are native to our area while getting fit for the New Year. The trail is approximately 1.3 miles and an easy hike for almost all ages so bring the family. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
    Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Meeting
    Monday, Jan 19, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
    Monday, Feb 16, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
    Monday, Mar 16, 2015 7 PM to 8 PM
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    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.
    Okefenokee Swamp Run 10K and 1 mile
    Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 7 AM to 12 PM
    Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
    Registration for the 38th annual Okefenokee Swamp Run will be held at group shelter #2 prior to the start of the race. All ages are welcome to participate. Proceeds are donated to the YMCA, Easter Seals, and other charitable organizations... $5 parking. 912-282-0703.
    Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Golf Tournament
    Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
    Charity golf tournament sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park to raise funds to benefit the park and golf course. Proceeds will be used to maintain, repair, and improve the park and golf course. You can pick up applications in the park visitor center or at the golf course.  $200 per team of 4 people. $50 per player. $20 per team to play from ladies red tee box on a hole of choice or $5 per ladies tee. $5 mulligans 912-285-6154.
    Fishing Clinic
    Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 6 PM to 7 PM
    Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
    Come learn fishing tips and tricks from the experts. Fisheries biologists with Georgia DNR will be discussing information and techniques you can use to help you land your next fish. Attendees will be eligible to participate in our raffle prize drawings as well. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
    Junior Ranger Camp
    Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 until Friday, Jun 12, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
    Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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 6-9 years old.  $40.00 per student $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
    Kids Fishing Rodeo
    Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
    Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
    Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome to participate. Participating children may fish from 8 am to 11 am. Prizes in various categories will be awarded afterwards. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
    Independence Day Fun
    Saturday, Jul 4, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
    Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
    Children can participate in 3-legged races, sack races, football toss, watermelon football, relay races, egg carry, and other fun games. Bring the whole family for a ranger-led hike on Big Creek Nature Trail at 9:30 am... $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
    Heels And Wheels For Megan's House Triathlon/Duathlon
    Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 7:30 AM to 11 AM
    Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
    Registration begins at 6:00 am. Challenge begins at 7: 30 am. 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 for more information at 877-541-7325. $5 parking. 877-541-7325.
    Volunteer Workday - Your State Parks Day
    Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 9 AM to 3:30 PM
    Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
    Come join other volunteers for a day of service at the park. Volunteers will be working on a variety of projects, including clearing vines and brush, picking up trash, and many more. 912-287-4900.
    Fall Festival
    Saturday, Oct 24, 2015 4 PM to 9 PM
    Tons of FunPresenter/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.
    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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