Okefenokee Swamp should not be ignored on your trip through Georgia
Stephen C. Foster State Park is a beautiful and tranquil nature preserve located in the Okefenokee Swamp of southern Georgia. The park is named after the famous American songwriter, Stephen C. Foster, who wrote several popular songs, including “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” and “Swanee River.”
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The park covers over 80 acres of land and is located within the 402,000-acre Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The park’s main attraction is the Okefenokee Swamp, which is the largest blackwater swamp in North America. The swamp is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including alligators, snakes, turtles, and over 200 species of birds. Visitors can explore the swamp by boat, canoe, or kayak and take in the breathtaking views of the cypress trees and Spanish moss that drape the waterways.
We rented canoes for the day. We highly recommend!
Observation: The water is so very dark.
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*The park has 64 campsites, including RV sites and tent sites, as well as six cottages that can accommodate up to six people each. The cottages offer modern amenities, including a full kitchen and bathroom, air conditioning, and heating.
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In addition to the swamp, Stephen C. Foster State Park also offers a variety of other recreational activities. The park has several hiking trails, including the .25 Trembling Earth 🌍 boardwalk Nature Trail, which winds through a forest of tall pines and oaks. Easy trail we recommend.
Visitors can also fish 🎣 in the park’s lakeand streams, or enjoy a picnic in one of the park’s many picnic areas
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THINGS TO DO
- Take a Boat Tour: One of the best ways to explore the Okefenokee Swamp is by taking a guided boat tour. The park offers a range of tours, including the Swamp Island Drive Tour and the Okefenokee Adventure Tour.
- Canoe or Kayak: Visitors can rent canoes or kayaks and explore the swamp on their own. We had a blast doing canoeing 🛶 the waterways. The park offers several water trails, including the Suwannee River and the Big Water Trail.
- Hiking: The park has several hiking trails, including the Trembling Earth Nature Trail, which we recommend which is a .25 mile loop trail that winds through a forest of tall pines and oaks.
- Fishing: Visitors can fish in the park’s lakes and streams. The park is home to a variety of fish species, including bass, bream, and catfish.
- Wildlife Viewing: The Okefenokee Swamp is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including alligators, alligator 🐊 snakes, 🐍 snakes, turtles, and over 200 species of 🦅 birds. Visitors can observe the wildlife from the park’s boardwalks, observation towers, or by taking a guided tour.
- Picnicking: The park has several picnic areas, including a covered pavilion and several tables scattered throughout the park.
- Camping: Visitors can stay overnight in one of the park’s 64 campsites or six cottages. The campsites offer modern amenities, including electricity, water, and sewage hookups.
- Stargazing: The park is located in a remote area, making it an excellent destination for stargazing. The park hosts several astronomy events throughout the year.
- Biking: Visitors can bring their bikes and explore the park’s roads and trails.
- Ranger Programs: The park offers a variety of ranger-led programs, including guided hikes, campfire programs, and wildlife talks.
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Money saving tip: Buy the annual national parks pass. The National Park Pass will also allow access to all the national monuments. The cost is $80. The state of Georgia offered us free daily admission and a discount on camping with the Lifetime pass. If you plan on being in any of the National Parks more than three times within a year then you will save money. The pass will sometimes allow discounts to camping in the National Forest 🌳. There’s also discounts for seniors which can be applied against camping threw out America. Other discounts apply so please read the eligibility which can save you more money. We estimate we saved over $600 in park fees. “I googled my symptoms… turned out I just need to go camping”
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Our thoughts 💭 Stephen C Foster State Park –
Overall, Stephen C. Foster State Park is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Whether you’re a nature lover, an outdoor adventurer, or just looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, this park has something for everyone. With its stunning natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and range of recreational activities, it’s easy to see why Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of Georgia’s most beloved natural
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