Campgrounds in Waycross, Georgia

Campgrounds in Waycross, Georgia
Waycross, Georgia, is at the northern edge of the Okefenokee Swamp and is the gateway for exploring the national wildlife refuge. There are many excursions available into the swamp, and smaller parks are located all around Waycross. The Laura S. Walker State Park is at the edge of town and has a 120-acre lake as well as golf and plenty of trails. There are several museums in the area, and tons of Southern charm. Spring is perhaps the best time to visit to see the large stands of camellias and azaleas in bloom.

Laura S. Walker State Park

The Laura S. Walker State Park has 44 campsites with full hookups. There are 20 and 30-amp connections. Cable TV connections are not available. The park has a 120-acre lake with ample opportunities for fishing and boating. There are two primitive camping areas for groups in the park. The park is on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, with countless plants and wildlife to see. There is a wildlife observation platform. There are two nature trails on the park, and many more trails in the swamp itself. Excursions into the swamp by boat are available.

Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross , GA 31503
(800) 864-7275
gastateparks.org/LauraSWalker

Okefenokee campgrounds

The Okefenokee Campgrounds are at the east entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp, about 25 miles from Waycross. This is a small, secluded campground that is a true wilderness experience. There are four RV pull-through sites with 30-amp connections. The campground also has several tent sites, and some group-camping sites. There are three levels of cabins of different sizes. The site does not offer a lot of amenities and extras, but the prices are low, and it is next to the Okefenokee Swamp. There are boat-- both motorized and paddle--tours available. There is an arts and crafts gift shop, and it does outfitting for trips into the Okefenokee Swamp.

Okefenokee Campgrounds
28244 Hwy. 121
Folkston, GA 31537
(912) 496-4472

Stephen C. Foster State Park

The Stephen C. Foster State Park is remote, but it is in the Okefenokee Swamp. You need to bring groceries, as the closest store is 50 miles away. The park is in the middle of the swamp, with cypress trees laced with moss and black swamp water. The park has 64 trailer and RV sites with 30-amp hookups. The sites have water and electricity. The site also has nine cottages that have kitchens, electricity and water. There are two nature trails, 25 miles of day-use waterways and an interpretive center and museum. There is also a primitive camping area. The Suwanee River also runs nearby. There is a visitor center, but it was closed because of flooding in early 2010. Motorized boats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent.

Stephen C. Foster State Park
17515 Hwy. 177
Fargo, GA 31631
(800) 864-7275
http://gastateparks.org/stephencfoster

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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