A - The Nature Lover

Does your favorite window in your house have a birdfeeder? Do your friends often ask you to identify blooming flowers for them? Do you have more than one stray-animal-turned-pet in your home? Then these parks are for you. Georgia’s diverse landscape offers a wide range of plants and animals to see. Consider spending some time in the Okefenokee Swamp at Stephen C. Foster State Park or looking for gopher tortoises at Crooked River State Park. Check out the full list of the best parks for viewing nature below!

Reed Bingham State Park

  • Gopher tortoises and alligators
  • Ibis and herons
  • Pristine lake for fishing and paddling
  • Hiking trails

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

  • One of Georgia’s largest state parks
  • Wooded trails, observation platform and granite outcrops
  • Nature photography
  • Boating and fishing
  • Camping along the Chattahoochee River

Seminole State Park

  • Bald eagles and osprey
  • Gopher tortoises and indigo snakes
  • Nature trails
  • 37,500-acre lake with great fishing

George L. Smith State Park

  • Cypress trees and Spanish moss
  • Lakeside camping
  • Osprey, blue heron and white ibis
  • Nature hikes

Stephen C. Foster State Park

  • Legendary Okefenokee Swamp
  • Alligators, black bear, owls and egrets
  • Certified “Dark Sky Park” for stargazing
  • Ranger-led swamp tours

Crooked River State Park

  • Intracoastal Waterway and maritime forest
  • Spanish moss-draped oaks
  • Salt marsh
  • Gopher tortoises and indigo buntings
  • Birding station

Laura S. Walker State Park

  • Near the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp
  • Alligators, carnivorous plants and gopher tortoises
  • Nature trail
  • Dog park
  • Birding

Skidaway Island State Park

  • Nature center with giant ground sloth replica
  • Maritime forest and salt marsh
  • Observation tower
  • Fiddler crabs, raccoons and painted buntings

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