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Stephen C. Foster State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Fargo
Reviewed 7 April 2014

This park is in the middle of the Okefenokee National Park/Refuge. It is many miles away from any semblance of civilization. This is great for some folks, but will bother many others. We have stayed here twice, once in our camper, this last time in one of the nice cottages. The cottages are nice, but do not have queen beds, which is a problem for my wife and me as we are used to queen bed for space. We were in Cottage #3 and liked it a lot. My suggestions for the park, overall: 1. Tell friends and relatives you will be out of cell range for the duration of your stay unless you choose to use their pay phone or drive out of the park a ways. I got one bar (verizon) in one spot and was able to get one call out to inform relatives of the cell situation. The one person in our group with AT&T never got signal at all. 2. If camping or staying in cottage, get groceries long before getting here. The closest town, Fargo, has no grocery store. The park only has chips and crackers and it will take you over an hour each way to drive to a grocery store if you forget. 3. Springtime is a the best time to visit. The temps or bugs are not too bad and the animals of the swamp are all becoming active. 4. If you know how to operate an outboard-equipped jonboat, skip the guided tour and rent a boat on your own. You can take a little pamphlet and read up on everything and see it at your own pace. You can also rent kayaks and canoes. 5. A night walk on the boardwalk can be pretty exciting, especially if your flashlight causes an orange reflection of the retinas of an aligator in the water! Also great for star watching.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

The campground at Stephen Foster State Park is well maintained, spacious and peaceful.
The sunset was stunning and the hooting owls a special natural treat. Clean restrooms/ showers.
The staff at the welcome center were very pleasant and helpful. There are trails and boardwalks that are beautiful and easy to walk. The boat ride into the Okefenokee Swamp was stunning. The commentary by the ranger was a bit too corny and it would have been more pleasant if jokes about the Civil War and the Northerners were omitted.[that conflict has been over for 149 years].
It would have been less politically charged if he had stuck to the natural beauty. There certainly was plenty of that to tell about. Lots of alligators to view and photograph, up close and personal from the safety of the boat.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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4  Thank elenaa
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Huge and very well appointed cottages, right in the middle of the park. Very peaceful and resting after a full day kayaking the wild swamp. Super clean.
Only one suggestion: bring the road and outdoors lights closer to the ground to limit their impact on the sky night and the stars.
Friendly and helpful staff and rangers.

Room Tip: The park reservation system does not work well at all: after being told both on the web site and on...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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5  Thank DemainDeslAube
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stayed at the Eco Lodge in Fargo and it was wonderful! Very new, clean, mini kitchen with a screened in porch with rocking chairs. Short 15 minutes drive to the park and a nice bate shop and BP on the way. Spent one day renting a motorboat and the next day renting a canoe. Both of which gave us good experiences. If you'd like to go far to explore, rent a motorboat. If you'd like to see more wild life (gators, birds, fish) get the canoe. The motor from the boat will scare them away. Billy's island was a let down as there is not much explanation on the ruins there. All around good for a weekend trip!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Shannon S
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

We camped in the Pioneer Camp with a our church group. Very nice location and a great covered picnic area. They have boat rentals and a guided boat tour of the swamp. We did the guided tour and it was fun and very informative. We saw lots of gators up close. This is a beautiful park and well worth the trip.

It is out in the boonies. There is nothing close by so make sure you are gassed up and have everything you need. Cell service is horrible and your cell phones may not work in the park.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Patrick C
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

We drove over after spending the morning on the east side of the swamp. The good news was that the pass we purchased on the east side allowed us to park here as well. The last boat ride was at 3pm. We arrived at 3:15. We walked the trail and took some great photos. We enjoyed watching the rangers try to teach people how to drive the boats. The rates for renting boats and canoes seemed reasonable.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Pigfanatic
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Reviewed 1 April 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, travelled with family
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5  Thank Parrot111
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Address: Route 1, Box 131, Fargo, GA 31631
Region: United States > Georgia > Fargo
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Fargo
Price Range: £11 - £49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 52
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