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Stephen C. Foster State Park

17515 Hwy. 177
Fargo, GA 31631
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4 Reviews
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Enjoyed a 5 day stay, lots of wildlife to be seen. Deer, birds, turkey, and of course alligators. Boat tours are entertaining, but renting a boat for a private tour is a must. Mosquitoes were not nearly as bad as we assumed they would be. Campsites are nice.

Received from N. Burkett for visit in Sep 2013

Site Number: 64
Stay Again? YES
Actually our stay was March 2011, but for whatever reason, the drop down box is limited to May 10. You go here to paddle the swamp, period. This is a state park lucky enough to be within the confines of a national park preserve. The existance of the park is so that we may enjoy nature, not be convenient to grocery stores or bars or have cell service. Leave it somewhere else...unplug and enjoy raw wilderness. There are two trails, a 3/4 mile nature trail near the canal/boat basin and a 1.5 mile trail that is really a fire break. This is all about being in a boat and spending considerable time on the water observing the 14,000-15,000 alligators, looking at herons, egrets, turtles, and more alligators. Campsites are spacious and very nice all include fresh water & electric. Comfort stations are clean, with hot water, flush toilets, laundry, etc. if you need that. Rent the kayaks and tour the area, then plan to come back and camp for real with a DNR pass and platform camp from one river site to the other.

Received from Stephanie for visit in May 2010

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Stay Again? YES
I completely agree with the review from 2006. I enjoyed my stay and was prepared with enough food. We did go to Fargo for one meal at the Suwannee River Cafe which was good. The purpose of our trip was to paddle and it was beautiful. Photos attached.


Received from Bob for visit in Dec 2009

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Stay Again? YES
This campground is 17 miles from a main road and sits in the middle of the Okefenokee Swamp; the campground sits away from the water and boat basin amongst tall pines; it is pure nature and the easy access to the swamp, one of the most beautiful places we have ever been, is a big bonus. The park can handle rigs up to 50 feet, but I wouldn't take anything over 35 feet into the two campground loops because of the tight turns; there are a few pull-through sites off by themselves that are much more suited to big rigs; This place is remote, so I wouldn't recommend pulling in here with a big rig without a reservation for a large spot. Bathhouses (they call them "comfort stations") are old, but they are cleaned quite well every day; The park itself is only 80 acres and there is only one short, flat hiking trail; So if you are not into fishing or exploring the Okefenokee, there is very little to do here - no pool, and you sure can't swim anywhere else because of the alligators; Canoe and motorboat rentals are available at very reasonable prices - if you don't have your own boat or canoe, you must rent one or you will miss out on the best part of staying here; Friendliness of the staff is hit or miss depending on the day and who's working; Because of heat and bugs, I'm not sure it would be a pleasant stay here in the middle of summer; Also, it is a loooong drive into town for groceries, gas, or eating out; Rooftop satellite dishes can be a problem in the wooded campground. Overall, the natural setting, quiet, and access to the Okefenokee Swamp warrant giving the campground a 5 based on our criteria; Of course, if we were rating the campground without considering the setting, it would likely be a 3; But this is exactly the type of place we desire to frequent; add sewer hook-ups, maybe a bike trail, and maybe some reasonably priced groceries five miles away instead of 45, we would have given it a 5.


Received from Howard for visit in Apr 2006

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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