"From Stephen C. Foster State Park, let North America’s largest black water swamp’s current drift you through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and disconnect you from the modern world on a journey to encounter primordial wildlife, touch history and see the universe unfold in the dark skies above."
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 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, gates lock at closing and a $5 refuge fee is charged.
Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities
- 80 Acres
- 9 Cottages
- 64 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites — some seasonal
- 11 Walk-In Campsites
- 1 Pioneer Campground
- 3 Picnic Shelters
- Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
- Archery Range
- Archery — reservations required
- Boating — 10 HP limit
- Hiking — 1.5 miles of trails, guided hikes at 8:30 a.m. ($2)
- Paddling— 15 miles of waterways
- Park Paddlers Club
- Programs & Private Tours
- Bike Rental
- Boat, Kayak & Canoe Rental