Laura S. Walker State Park

State: Georgia

Address 1: 5653 Laura Walker Rd.

City: Waycross

Zip: 31503

Phone: 912-287-4900

Open all Year: Yes

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.

626 Acres
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
Canoe Rental
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.