Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants. Walking along the lake shore and nature trail, visitors may see alligators, carnivorous pitcher plants, the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties and saw palmettos. More than 100 bird species have been seen at Laura Walker, with the best birding spot being the lakeside trail. Yellow billed cuckoos are common in summer, and yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls, cattle egrets, little blue herons, glossy ibis and numerous other species also populate the park. It is not uncommon to see 50 wood ducks within an hour. The parks lake offers opportunities for boating, skiing and fishing. A championship 18-hole golf course, The Lakes, features a clubhouse, golf pro and junior/senior citizen discounts. This is one of the few state parks named after a woman, and its name is richly deserved. Laura Walker was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who was a great lover of trees and worked for their preservation.

It's a nice trail, but not very long and definitely not a challenge. There is another trail on the back side of the lake that is also not difficult but with a different vibe. It has a nice boardwalk crossing the lake and some additional mileage that can be had on your way back towards the main part of the park.

$5 parking fee. Trails were decent, not a lot of wildlife at this time of year. Bought a couple shower passes for $2 each as the SO and I are on a long road trip. We parked away from the campers and walked over to the showers only to be told we need to move our vehicle as it is “frowned upon to park on the grass.” We needed to move 10 ft to the left... on the grass. Gates are open until 10pm and another worker harassed us about leaving at 6pm. Not sure if they just don’t like out-of-staters but they were not the friendliest bunch of staff.

Nice trail. A little short, but loop it both directions for a decent ride.

walking
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Very nice and well maintained.

hiking
Sunday, January 14, 2018

pleasant trails to hike on very easy and well maintained. I was very surprised considering this is a state park in South Georgia. Will be back.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great morning excursion with a 5 yo and 18 mo in tow. Trails were stroller friendly at the time and are very well maintained. Saw some wildlife and some neat foliage.

Only recorded half of the 4 mile walk around the lake. Small portion on the road , but you get to walk over the dam. Great place to talk to kids about dams and spillways. Path well maintained. Some small boggy area after recent rain. Wonderful wooden bridge across the head of the lake. Great place to watch birds.

nice walk, boardwalk, a bit buggy, pines.

Friday, September 23, 2016

I did the trail on the opposite side of the park. It was a very flat trail. The trail wasn't complete. It is being built into a loop. You come out to a boardwalk and some cabins. There are some nice views from the boardwalk. You do have to be prepared to walk through spiderwebs. I stop counting while I was walking through them all. Saw some chickens on the trail as well.

hiking
Friday, March 11, 2016

Nice walk through the woods and a good boardwalk through the swampy area

hiking
Saturday, May 26, 2012

Nice little quite walk away from camp, good for the family or someone killing time waiting for the trip to begin.

walking
Monday, October 25, 2010

I visited a girlfriend and her husband in Valdosta, Georgia. I thought I would check out the local hiking, which is basically non-existent in the swampy area around Valdosta. Still, this trail at Laura S. Walker is pleasant and excellent for families looking for a weekend escape or picnic.

hiking
Monday, August 02, 2010

Watch the boardwalk in the mornings or after a rain, Very slick!

Saturday, October 29, 2016