Stephen C. Foster State Park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp -- one of Georgia's seven natural wonders. Spanish moss-laced trees reflect off the black swamp waters, while cypress knees rise upward from the glass-like surface.
Here, paddlers and photographers will enjoy breathtaking scenery
and abundant wildlife. Alligators, turtles, raccoons, black bears, deer, ibis,
herons, wood storks, red-cockaded woodpeckers and numerous other creatures make their homes in the 402,000-acre refuge. Stargazers will appreciate the particularly dark sky.
Park staff offer guided boat tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Same-day reservations are recommended. More adventurous visitors may wish to rent canoes, kayaks or boats for further exploration of the swamp, including a trip to historic Billy’s Island. Fishing in the lake is excellent, particularly for warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and bowfin. Boating is dependent upon water levels. Overnight guests may stay in a shaded campground or fully equipped cabins. Because the state park is located within a National Wildlife Refuge, gates lock at closing and a refuge fee is charged.
Perhaps the most famous inhabitant of the Okefenokee Swamp is the American Alligator. Officials estimate that 12,000 of the country’s largest reptile live within the 402,000-acre refuge.
Sunset Boat Tours
If you dare to venture out to the swamp on Saturday evenings until July 27, 2013, you'll see which creatures lurk after dark. After the sun sets, see the stars come out and the alligators' eyes glow bright red with the aid of a spotlight. Boat tours start at 7:30 p.m.