Laura S. Walker State Park

New! Site-specific reservations are coming! Beginning August 1st, 2016, you’ll be able to reserve select campsites at Laura S. Walker.

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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.


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.

5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, GA 31503
Ware County



Story and Craft
Saturdays 4 PM - 5 PM – Jul 30, 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.
Natural Knowledge
Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Aug 3, 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.
Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Meeting
3rd Monday of Month 7 PM - 8 PM until Nov 21, 2016 
Thursday, Aug 4, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, Sep 1, 2016 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.
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 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 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: Laura S. Walker State Park
Come join us for a day of service at the park. Volunteers will be working on cleaning up around the park's Interpretive Center. This will mostly include cleaning up vegetation, pine cones, and trash around the center. $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.

Darlene Youmans

Lou Carver

Owen Travis Griffin
912-287-4900  Assistant Manager