Parks & Recreation

Laura S. Walker Park

Laura S. Walker State Park is a 626 acre Georgia state park located near Waycross in Ware County and the Okefenokee Swamp. The park is named after Laura Singleton Walker, a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader, and more famously, a naturalist. The park's location near the Okefenokee Swamp makes it home to many exotic plant and animal species, including alligators, great blue herons, and pitcher plants. The park includes a 120 acre lake and a championship eighteen-hole golf course plus pro shop.

The available facilities include:
  • Forty-four Tent/Trailer/ RV sites
  • Nine picnic shelters
  • Five group shelters
  • A nature trail
  • Group camping
  • Pioneer camp

The park is also the site of the annual Okefenokee 10K Race held in March.

Please visit the Laura S. Walker Park website for more information and to make your reservations.

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The Lakes Golf Course

The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker State Park features an eighteen-hole course, a full-service golf shop and campsites or hotel accomodations for extended stays. The course inherits the natural beauty that glorifies the park area, and is further enhanced by three beautiful lakes. Visit The Lakes website for more information on upcoming events, the course, the clubhouse and shop, golf course rates and more.

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Okefenokee Swamp Park

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is 395,080 acres of protected wildlife refuge located in Charlton, Ware, and Clinch counties in the state of Georgia, and Baker county in the state of Florida. The wildlife refuge was established in 1937 to protect and preserve most of the 438,000 acre Okefenokee Swamp. The name "Okefenokee" comes from the Hitchiti word okifanĂ´:ki, meaning "bubbling water". Hitchiti, or Mikasuki was the language of the Muskcogee Creek Indian tribe. "Bubbling water" thereafter became translated "tembling earth".

Nearly 400,000 people visit the refuge each year, making it the sixteenth most visited refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is the largest in acreage of any that is not located in a western state. In 1999, the economic impact of tourism in Charlton, Ware, and Clinch Counties in Georgia exceeded $67 million.

Visit these websites for more information: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Okefenokee Swamp Park

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