Some parks are experiencing large crowds on certain days. Park staff may temporarily limit access to ensure social distancing and protect the health of the public and our employees. Please understand that admission may be limited for several hours and will reopen once there is available capacity. Click here to read our coronavirus response before visiting because some facilities & activities are limited.

Programs & Private Tours at Stephen C. Foster State Park

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Come explore one of Georgia’s seven natural wonders through a variety of private programs offered at the park. Located deep within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Stephen C. Foster State Park provides access to some of the most scenic sections of the swamp. Listen for the barred owl hooting deep within the forest, follow in the footsteps of Native Americans, pioneers and loggers on Billy’s Island and watch for alligators as you float along in your boat. Programs are dependent on the water level and staff availability. Thank you for considering Stephen C. Foster State Park.


Private Tours

Private tours to a variety of destinations on the west side of the Okefenokee may be arranged through staff at Stephen C. Foster State Park. Tours by motorboat, canoe or kayak may be available. Times may vary due to conditions in the swamp.

Private tours may not be available during busy periods and holidays or during periods of low water or poor weather. Private tour availability may also be limited by staff availability or conflict with publicly scheduled programming.

There is no minimum persons for potential tours. Please call the park office with private tour inquiries.


School and Organized Groups

We offer a variety of options for school and organized groups to experience the Okefenokee Swamp.

Motorboat Tours

  • We offer 45 minute tours for school groups.
  • We offer 1.5 hour tours for groups less than 21 people.

Paddle Tours

We offer tours by canoe and kayak to the Hollow Tree.

Programs

  • Astronomy
  • Reptiles
  • Swamp Topography
  • General History/Living History
  • General Swamp Information

Hiking

  • Birding
  • Habitat
  • Wildfire
  • Pollinators
  • Night Hikes

Boy Scout Merit Badges

Programs for Boy Scouts can cover a variety of swamp related topics. Taking the merit badge program does not guarantee badge requirements. Topic examples:

  • Wilderness Survival
  • Nature
  • Birding
  • Astronomy

Teachers, Chaperones and other Group Leaders

Teachers, chaperones and group leaders will be responsible for maintaining discipline of their group. Any continued disruptive behavior that affects the quality of the experience for the other participants is unacceptable, as is any activity that is destructive to the grounds. Although these cases are rare, should they occur, they will be reported to the participant’s leader. Failure to act after that point could end with the termination of the program without refund.


Trading Post Store

We encourage our school groups to visit our Trading Post Store as a rotation. If you choose this please be advised: Teachers please allow no more than 10 students in the store at a given time. Please have a chaperone in the store any time there is even one student shopping or looking in the store. If “shopping” is a rotation in the field trip, you can rotate children in and out as they leave OR you can give them a time frame in which to shop and rotate entire groups of 10 in or out.