Even if you don’t own a canoe or kayak, the Stephen C Foster State Park is worth a stay. The park has plenty of canoes lined up along the canal ready for rental. If your time is short, or your body doesn’t agree with paddling, there are motor boats too. The park ranger guided pontoon boat tour is also a great option. The ranger on board will point out many of the natural sights that one might miss.
I love using Stephen C Foster State Park as a base for our treks into the Okefenokee Swamp. Sure, it is nice to get a permit and camp within the swamp, but it is also nice to come back to a well-maintained campground each evening for a shower and more comfortable rest. Plus, there are always fellow campers to talk with and share stories of other treks and campgrounds.