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Stephen C. Foster State Park

People kayaking through the swampStephen C. Foster State Park, in far southeast Georgia, bordering Florida, marks the primary entrance to one of Georgia’s Seven Natural Wonders– the Okefenokee Swamp. We’re talking prime wildlife observation at this park, including the swamp’s most famous resident, the American Alligator. But, provided you’re mindful of the wildlife, there are plenty of opportunities for physical activity: canoeing or kayaking, walking the Trembling Earth Nature Trail and biking. Don’t forget your camera!

Location:

Southeast Georgia in Fargo, near the Florida border

Activities:

  • Canoe, kayak and fishing boat rental to paddle the 25 miles of waterways (Call ahead to confirm water levels) (Private canoe and kayak tours upon request)
  • Walking the 1.5-mile Trembling Earth Nature Trail (Guided hikes available at 8:30 a.m. for $2)
  • Bike rental
  • Birding and nature photography
  • Fishing
  • Astronomy: Stephen C. Foster State Park provides exceptionally dark skies and is well-suited for astronomers who wish for a better view of the night sky.
  • Geocaching

Note that the park is 18 miles from the city of Fargo and 50 miles from a major grocery store, so visitors should bring all provisions needed and have plenty of gasoline in their vehicle.

Also, gates to the park lock at 10 p.m.

To learn more about Stephen C. Foster State Park and to make a reservation, visit gastateparks.org/StephenCFoster.

Park photo from gastateparks.org.