Waycross Convention & Visitors Bureau . 417 Pendleton St. Waycross, GA 31501 912.287.2969

Laura S. Walker State Park

Immerse yourself in wildlife at Laura S. Walker State Park.

Situated on the northern edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, the park features 626 acres, a 120-acre lake, all manner of camping, and cottages so you can stay, play, and visit the mysterious land of trembling earth in the swamp.

Alligators, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls, and blue herons are regular sights at the park, but keep your eyes peeled as you walk along the lake or nature trails for the shy gopher tortoise or the elusive and federally protected Eastern indigo snake.

Fishing, swimming, and boating are all great ways to enjoy the lake. Kayaks and bikes are also available for rent. A playground, dog park and swimming beach as well as picnic shelters and a gazebo make the park a perfect location for a family camping trip. And don’t forget to get a round of golf in during your stay at The Lakes 18-hole golf course.

Laura S. Walker State Park is the first state park in Georgia to be named after a woman. Walker was a well-known naturalist, writer, teacher, and civic leader who worked tirelessly on conservation efforts in and around the swamp.


The earth doesn’t tremble at The Lakes -- an 18-hole golf course at Laura S. Walker State Park – it gently rolls with beautifully manicured fairways and undulating greens. Lined with native plants and designed by Steve Burns in 1995, it was voted Best Municipal Golf Course in Georgia by
Golf Digest in 2009. Two years later it was voted the Best New Site of the Year in the U.S. by the Hook a Kid on Golf program.

Burns made sure to make the most of the natural wonder of the Okefenokee Swamp by incorporating local sand into the sand traps and waste areas and by designing holes around the three beautiful lakes on the course. The lakes and the proximity to the swamp also make it a great place to see wildlife such as wading birds and alligators. Don’t be surprised to see a gator saunter across the fairway.

Experience golf the natural way at The Lakes, where there are no nearby houses or roads to distract golfers. Play a round and hear only the whisper of the wind in the pines.

At 6,595 yards in length and with a course rating of 71.9, The Lakes at Laura S. Walker State Park regulars say it plays like a championship course but walks like a par 3.

The Lakes features a full-service golf shop, 40-tee driving range and snack bar. Group or individual lessons are available by appointment.