Laura S. Walker State Park is a hidden gem of the georgia state parks system. Located near Waycross, Georgia, this park is a great base of operations from which to access the Golden Isles of Georgia’s coastline. Jekyll Island is a 30 minute drive and St. Simons Island is another 10 minutes! Laura S. Walker State Park even has a great 18 hole golf course!
Laura S. Walker State Park is a Great Family Experience!
This spacious state park has several fun, family oriented activities. There is a little bit of everything to do here! The 120 acre lake is perfect for kayaking, boating, and fishing. Two separate swimming areas are designated along the lake for kids to splash around in. SUP Paddle Boards, Kayaks, and Paddle Boats are available to rent from the park office. The small, but spacious campground is a perfect place to hang out under the pines. Laura S. Walker’s campground is truly one of the coziest Georgia state park campgrounds.
5 miles of hiking trails feature some great opportunities to immerse yourself in nature. You may even see a gopher tortoise! Bicycles are allowed on the trails and they also can be rented from the park office. Laura S. Walker also has a very nice dog park which is specifically partitioned into two separate areas. One for small dogs and one for larger dogs. For those that don’t want to rough it there are some very nice cabins. They are clean and very comfortable. More details below. The Okefenokee Swamp Park and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are also within easy driving distance.
Enjoy these great videos of our family at Laura S. Walker State Park
One of the great things about Laura S. Walker State Park is the cabins! These cabins are more like a small 2 bedroom home and they are are incredibly clean! Additionally, I have stayed in several vacation rentals over the years but these were pristine. They come with most everything you need such as cups, plates, cookware, and utensils. All linens and towels are provided of course. They have screened in back porches overlooking the lake and nearby swamp and a fire pit as well. Each bedroom in the cottage has a queen size bed and the sofa converts to a full size sleeper. Lastly, they all have DirecTV provided.
These cabins are pet friendly. You will not find many dog friendly hotels in Waycross. Cabin number 4 allows dogs. Of all the state parks in Georgia with cabin rentals, these are the best. Similarly, there are several motels in Waycross, but these are ideal for a family and there are plenty of beds. These pictures will give you a sense of what these cabins look like!
Things to know.
The trails are quite easy to walk as they are mostly flat.
When hiking after a rain be prepared to dodge a few mud puddles.
The park does have a few alligators in the lake but they hide deep in the far recesses and sightings are very rare.
Each vehicle is required to purchase a park pass. If you are camping the park pass fee is only required one time and lasts throughout your entire stay.
The only wifi on the park is located at the park office. Many campers just sit on the porch in a rocking chair while they connect.
Several restaurants and a Super Wal-Mart are just 10 minutes down the road in Waycross.
The cabins are a great bargain to consider when pricing similar accommodations on Jekyll or St. Simons Islands. Stay here and make the easy drive to Brunswick and the Golden Isles.
Campsites are site specific at Laura S. Walker, so choose carefully. What you book is what you get. See the next two tips below.
Every site in the campground has water and electric. Sites 37 and 44 have full hookups for your sewer. They are also larger sites for which a larger RV or Fifth Wheel would have more room. These sites have a higher nightly rate. There is a central dump station near the dumpster.
There are several waterfront campsites near the lake’s edge. They are sites 5, 6, 8, and 12. These sites have a higher nightly rate and will have boat traffic occurring near them.
Several group shelters are available for family gatherings, weddings, and special events.
A group camp that houses up to 142 is offered as well.
More things to know
Book a cabin anytime! It is always best to have a reservation but if you are just passing through, contact the park office at (912) 287-4900 before 3 p.m. to check last minute availability. There is usually a 2 night minimum on weekends and holidays and booking online will not work, but by calling direct you might get lucky!
Yes, South Georgia can be very hot in the Summertime. All the more reason to get a cabin with Air Conditioning and cool off. Be sure to bring plenty of water. We always fill a couple of Nalgene bottles before heading off on our adventures.
These waterproof bags from Bumkins are awesome for putting wet swimsuits in after swimming and kayaking. No mess and no need to constantly have plastic grocery bags.
LSW, as it is known, has added an outdoor workout station with several pieces of equipment!
Hwy 177 running through the park is great for cycling. Several riders use this road to ride in the many warmer months. There is a bike pump station provided in the parking lot. If you like to ride this is a great place!
While visiting in December and January be sure to go see the Okefenokee Swamp Christmas lights!