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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

Partly Cloudy
Thursday 09/29/2016 20%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Clear
Friday 09/30/2016 0%
Clear
A mainly sunny sky. High 89F. Winds light and variable.
Clear
Saturday 10/01/2016 20%
Clear
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 90F. Winds light and variable.
Chance of Rain
Sunday 10/02/2016 30%
Chance of Rain
Sunny skies early. A few showers developing later in the day. High 91F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 10/03/2016 40%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. High 89F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.


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