Georgia has dozens of state parks that you can explore for an affordable price and some pretty amazing views. Not only are the landscapes beautiful, but you can get some pretty stellar night-sky views. Stephen C. Foster State Park is one of these spots and you can even camp for cheap, too.

Stephen C. Foster State Park is located in Fargo, Georgia in the Okefenokee Swamp and just waiting for you to discover it.

It was named the first Dark Sky Park in 2016 by the International Dark-Sky Association. This means this park has minimal light pollution, so it's one of the most ideal place to sit and watch the stars and celestial events.

If you're a galaxy guru, you might be able to spot out the Milky Way and see it stretched out above you, tangled up in the stars.

During the day you can hike through the park to find waterfalls, mountain summit views, and historic hiking trails that make up this lush wonderland.

One of the more popular activities here is camping. Camping under the stars will give you ample opportunity to take a step back from reality and completely immerse yourself in nature. 

For a simple pioneer camping site, rates start at just $55 per night. Pitch your tent and you're good to go.

This park is home to North America's largest blackwater swamp and you can take a boat tour through it. While you're here, you might as well explore all it has to offer.

You can choose from normal day tours, or if you're feeling adventurous, you can take a sunset or night tour to see the night sky from a whole new perspective.

There's no need to bring a telescope or binoculars to view the stars or the Milky Way here, you'll be able to see it with your naked eye over the southern horizon β€” having them will only enhance your views, though.

Brush up your long exposure photography skills to really capture the magic on film.

What are you waiting for? Summer isn't over yet. Get out and get your eyes to the skies.

Stephen C. Foster State Park 

Price: $5 park fee, $55+ to camp

Address: 17515 Hwy. 177, Fargo, GA

Why You Need To Go: This is Georgia's first dark sky park, so you'll know you'll be able to see the night sky the best here. You can even see the Milky Way on the clearest nights.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and obey any local laws.

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