Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants, including alligators and carnivorous pitcher plants. Walking or biking along the lake’s edge and nature trail, visitors may spot 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 fishing, skiing and boating, and canoes are available for rent. The park’s namesake was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who loved trees and worked for their preservation.
The Lakes, a championship 18-hole golf course, features a clubhouse, golf pro and junior/senior rates. Greens are undulating rather than tiered. Each fairway and landing area is defined with gentle, links-style mounds that accent the course’s three large lakes.
44 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$28)
7 Picnic Shelters ($35)
4 Group Shelters (seat 75–165, $85–$170)
Group Camp (sleeps 142, $450)
Pioneer Campground ($30)
120-Acre Lake (may close due to low water)
The Lakes Golf Course & Pro Shop (18-Holes) ($31-$38.50)
Crooked River State Park
Dixon Memorial W.M.A.
Dixon Memorial W.M.A. Public Firing Range
General Coffee State Park
Historic Downtown Waycross
Mall Cinema 7
Okefenokee Heritage Center
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Okefenokee Swamp Park
Satilla Square Shopping Center
Southern Forest World
St. Simons Island
Stephen C. Foster State Park
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
Suwannee River Visitor Center
The Lakes Golf Course at Laura Walker
The Mall at Waycross
Waycross, Georgia & the Okefenokee Swamp
Waycross Motor Speedway
Parkpass is required for all vehicles.
ParkPass fees: 1-12 passenger vehicles $5 per day or $50 annual ParkPass;
13 - 30 passenger vehicles $30 per day or $75 annual ParkPass;
31 or more passenger vehicles $70 per day or $250 annual ParkPass;
Georgia active duty military/veterans $3.75 per day or $37.50 annual ParkPass.
ParkPass is available at the park office or by calling (770) 389-7401.
Overnight guests pay only one fee for the duration of their stay.