“The best thing to do is just leave them alone. Alligators want to be away from you just as much as you want to be away from them.” – Jack Hannah
Camping in the Okefenokee Swamp may sound crazy to people who familiar with this area of north Florida and South Georgia, but it sounds like a perfect adventure to me! So Justin and I decided to camp at the gorgeous Stephen C Foster State Park in Fargo, Ga. Its a tiny place; the kind of place you drive past on a road trip and go, “huh, that looks neat.”
We spent the weekend in our tiny tent, canoeing, drinking and smoking hookah in the trees. First off, the park is beautiful! The hiking trails are clean and level.The creeks and rivers are loaded with wildlife. When we rented a canoe we didn’t expect to come face to face with over 30 wild alligators, but we did! At one point I was trying to take a photo and my husband didn’t realize I had stopped rowing. I was aiming for the shot as he paddled us closer and closer. Suddenly the alligator, who was at least the size of our canoe, realized we were approaching quickly and boosted itself up! It hissed a loud reptilian cry and thrashed into the reeds and water. I jumped and dropped the camera into my lap. It was unnerving but exciting! We paddled further down to a small island. The island is a popular destination for campers and has historic signs of the island landmarks. There were some ruins from an old plantation (I think) and even a graveyard. It was very quiet, we didn’t see another person the whole time we were on the island or the river.
We concluded our sweet little trip to Fargo, Ga by visiting the Swannee River Cafe and having some authentic BBQ chicken. It was delicious. Overall I would recommend Stevn Foster for a camping trip, if for nothing else than to see all the gators! A truly Southern experience!