Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Rd.
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 46
About: Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants. Walking along the lake shore and nature trail, visitors may see alligators, carnivorous pitcher plants, the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons.
The park’s lake offers opportunities for boating, skiing and fishing. A championship 18-hole golf course, The Lakes, features a clubhouse, golf pro and junior/senior citizen discounts. This is one of the few state parks named after a woman, and its name is richly deserved. Laura Walker was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who was a great lover of trees and worked for their preservation.
120-Acre Lake (may close due to low water)
44 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites
7 Picnic Shelters
5 Group Shelters
Group Camp (sleeps 142)
2 Pioneer Campgrounds
The Lakes Golf Course & Pro Shop (18-Holes)
Wildlife Observation Platform
Boating and Waterskiing -- 10 horsepower restriction in effect except between 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. EST and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Daylight Savings Time
Hiking and Biking – nearly 3 miles of nature trails
Directions: Located 9 miles southeast of Waycross on GA Route 177. Take 1-75 to exit 62, follow US 82 east through Waycross. Or, I-95 to exit 36, follow US 82 west 47 miles.
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