Hiking - Stephen C. Foster State Park

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Come and enjoy the swamp on foot by exploring our nature trails. Whether it be dawn, midday, or dusk, no one hike will ever be the same. The park has 2 miles of paved road and 2 miles of off-road trails. We are in a swamp where the water table is high so conditions may generally be assumed to be damp. Hiking / waterproof boots recommended.

Trembling Earth Trail (0.7 miles)
Located at the rear of our boat basin near the trading post, this trail loop includes a long stretch of elevated boardwalk and is ideal for viewing the swamp’s interior.

Jones Island Trail (0.85 miles)
Beginning from just right of the park gate, this trail curves along the backside of the camping loops and ends near the trading post parking lot.

Upland Pine Trail (1.1 miles)
This trail covering the western side of the park can be accessed at several points along Highway 177.

Suwannee River Sill (3-4 miles)
Guests can drive 5.5 miles south from the park on Ga Highway 177 to visit this 5-mile-long Earthen dam. After a series of wildfires in the 1950s, the Sill was built in 1960 to maintain the water levels of the swamp. The first 1.5 mile stretch of the Sill is paved and leads to a bridge /spillway where the water empties from the swamp into the main channel head of the Suwanee River. The sill can be explored on foot for a few miles beyond the bridge. Visitors are encouraged to walk along the center of the crest of the earthen dam to avoid being too close to the edge of the water.

Other Information

For any questions, visit the Park Office or call us at 912.637.5274.