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Stephen C. Foster State Park

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Named after songwriter Stephen Foster, this remote park is a primary entrance to the famed Okefenokee Swamp and is one of the most intriguing areas in Georgia. Moss-laced cypress trees reflect off the black swamp waters, providing breathtaking scenery. Visitors can look for alligators, turtles, raccoon, black bear, deer, birds and numerous other creatures while on the park’s elevated boardwalk trail or on a guided boat trip. More adventurous visitors may wish to rent motorized boats or canoes for further exploration of the swamp, including a trip to historic Billy’s Island. The park office sells drinks, snacks, ice, books and t-shirts. Because the park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates are locked at closing time and an entrance fee is charged.
At the new Suwannee River Visitor Center, visitors learn not only about alligators and cypress trees, but also how buildings can be made from recycled car parts and plastics. Located off Hwy. 441 at the Suwannee River bridge, the center mixes environmental education with engineering showmanship. Inside, visitors learn that tannic acid produced by decaying vegetation is what gives the river its tea color, and that unlike other reptiles, mother alligators actively care for their babies. A third of the building materials was made from recycled content, including decking made from plastics, insulation made from newspaper, and a retaining wall made from old dashboards and electrical cables.



Phone: (800) 864-7275

Other Phone: (912) 637-5274


Amenities

  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi

Directions

Located 18 miles northeast of Fargo via Ga. Hwy. 177.



Weather

Special Statement

Issued:
7:13 AM EDT on May 25, 2018
Expires:
9:00 AM EDT on May 25, 2018
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Friday 05/25/2018 80%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Cloudy early, then thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High 86F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.
Mostly Cloudy
Saturday 05/26/2018 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will become overcast in the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Thunderstorm
Sunday 05/27/2018 100%
Thunderstorm
Showers and thunderstorms. High 77F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Thunderstorm
Monday 05/28/2018 90%
Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms likely. High 83F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Thunderstorm
Tuesday 05/29/2018 90%
Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms. High 81F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.


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