Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

Stephen C. Foster State Park

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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. 
Same-day reservations are recommended for guided pontoon boat tours of the swamp. Sunset tours may be available. 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.  

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.  

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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Billy's Island History Tours in the Okefenokee Swamp
Monday, Jun 13, 2016 - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 10 AM

Swamp Survival
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5:30 PM - 6 PM

Swamper's Guide to the Galaxy
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 8 PM - 9 PM
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 8 PM - 9 PM

Friday Swamp Campfire
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 8 PM - 9 PM

Birding at the Break of Dawn
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 7 AM - 8:30 AM

Wilderness Skills
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 1 PM - 2 PM

Saturday Swamp Campfire
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 8 PM - 9 PM

Swamp Astronomy
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 9 PM - 10 PM

Otter Party
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 9 AM - 10 AM

Swamp History
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 3 PM - 4 PM

Sounds of the Swamp Night Hike
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 6 PM - 7 PM

Bearly There
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 9 AM - 10 AM

Hike & Bike to Hidden Pond
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 6 PM - 7 PM

National Youth Day of Service Trash Mob
Friday, Apr 15, 2016 10 AM - 10:30 AM

National Trails Day Boardwalk Hike
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM - 10 AM

Trail Clean up Project
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 12 PM - 2 PM

Get Outdoors Day Billy's Island Hike
Monday, Jun 13, 2016 10 AM - 12 PM

Save our Parks and Make Them Beautiful! - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 8:30 AM - 10 AM

17515 Hwy. 177
Fargo, GA 31631

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.

(912) 637-5274

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