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Stephen C. Foster State Park
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

The campground here is awesome. Beautifully maintained, beautiful scenery, convenient location within park. Well spaced sites with some pull through options.
The cabins are okay if you don't want to camp. They were outdated but were clean and had all the amenities you need. A little expensive but considering you don't have many options, not too bad.
The park itself is great. Not the scary place most people think it would be, we saw plenty of gators, no snakes, lots of birds and some beautiful scenery. I've seen swamps on tv but was shocked at how different it was in person. Rent a boat and go to Minnie's pond to get the full effect.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank Parrot111
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Stayed in Cabin #7 for three nights with three kids and three adults in late March 2013. Two rooms with two full size beds in each room (4 beds total) - full kitchen and screen porch. Great park and very helpful park staff. Took the guided swamp tour, and on the next day rented a motorized john boat to explore the swamp. The water trails are clear and well marked and easy to follow. The wildlife viewing was excellent - particularly the gators, deer and birds (herons, turkeys, songbirds, even heard but did not see a barred owl). The kids loved the park and did not want to leave. If we had more time we would have ventured into the swamp with kayaks or canoes. On our next trip we may try camping overnight in the backcountry on one of the platforms you can reserve to stay deeper in the swamp - but the cabins were a great way to get to know the park.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank Alan H
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We had a wonderful trip with extended family and stayed overnight in one of the cabins at Stephen Foster State Park. The cabin was very comfortable, roomy with a full modern kitchen and a big table to seat 6-8. Living room seating area, one bedroom with 2 double beds, one with twin beds, and a bathroom with lots of towels. But best of all was the Okefenokee itself. We went in the morning on a guided tour that gave us a good introduction to the swamp. Ranger had a fun sense of humour and was very informative. He gave us a mini review-lesson in canoeing technique so that in the afternoon we rented canoes for 2 hours (too short!) and explored on our own. This being wintertime the alligators were nowhere to be seen, but bird life and turtles made their appearance. Unfortunately we did not encounter any otters. Behind our cabin, however, 9 deer were feeding in the evening. The peace and quiet out in the swamp was blissful. Despite chilly temperatures (and a very cold night) we enjoyed our stay immensely and wished we could have stayed longer. This part of Georgia is so sparsely populated we felt we were worlds away. Ate at the one cafe in the little town of Fargo and were just about the only people not dressed in hunting fatigues. Great fun!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank expat54
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Great park, helpful staff. We went down in February, the wate rwas high and the weather mild, so we were able to get "back in there" to see some cool sights. Lots of gators seen, some birds, turtles, etc. Fishing was awful (high, cold water). The boat rentals are a great deal. We rented a 16ft john boat with 10hp motor, worked great. Bring own food and water. If coming from Waycross / Hoerville area, stop at some of the roadside honey producers. Great stuff at an affordable price.
The cabins and the rv areas looked great and we spoke with several people who were overnighting there. All reported positive expereinces. We satyed at Pond View Inn in Waycross (great spot).

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank 2deer
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Mainly I wanted to give a current update about some of the conditions. The water guage level for the beginning of our stay (USGS 02314495) was at about 3.75. Although the level was a bit low in the canal basin, the boats were running and we had enough water to paddle our kayaks whereever we wanted to go.

One day we went from the camp to the River Sill through the "narrows". We had no obstructions and did not ground out. We saw lots of gators and a lot of yellow rumped warblers, osprey, anhingas, etc. We heard catbirds and owls. With this water level, it only took us just over 2 hours to make this paddle and we were not in any hurry. The great thing is there is now a nice parking lot and port-o-let at the end of the paved road onto the sill which was not there several years ago. This paved road ends at the dam and makes a convenient take-out point.

The second day we paddled to the first shelter at Minnie's Lake, had lunch then returned and went to Billy's Island. There is a short trail on the island with some old machinery or equipment left over from the previous settlement. It makes a nice place to stretch your legs.

The state park campground was in good shape and the restrooms clean. The nature center was not open during the time we were there and I believe has been closed due to budget cuts.

Some of our group stayed in cabin #9 and they were probably the nicest cabins I have seen at a park. Due to rain both evenings, we really enjoyed sharing their screened in front porch.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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8  Thank fthikerFl
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