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Okefenokee Swamp

Something for Everyone!

Explore the wildlife and vast wilderness, past Native American civilizations, pioneers and settlers, waterways and habitats of North America’s largest “blackwater” swamp. Whether you’re looking for a few hours of family fun by land or water, or whether you’re seeking a multi-day immersion in the solitude of the swamp’s 438,000 acres of natural splendor, we have something for everyone at our three unique swamp entrances.

Activities

Things to Do

Auto Tour Route View - Okefenokee Swamp

Auto Tour Route

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

The Auto Tour Route, also known as the Swamp Island Drive at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, is a 7.2-mile paved road, which can be used by cars, bikes and walkers. This scenic route is a great way to experience the beauty of the refuge in a comfortable, stress-free way. The Swamp Island Drive provides access to several hiking trails as well as the Chesser Island Homestead and Chesser Island Boardwalk. Additionally, the Swamp Island Drive has an interpretive brochure to aid guests as they are learning about the flora, fauna, and history of the refuge.

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Camping

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Camping Permits

There are 63 tent and RV campsites within Stephen C. Foster State Park, offering many opportunities for visitors to experience the unique camping environment of the park. While camping, visitors are close to the park’s many activities, and astronomy enthusiasts can enjoy some of the best stargazing in the southeast.

A bucket list trip for visitors from around the globe, camping in the heart of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is an adventure for both the expert and the novice in the outdoors. A variety of overnight camping platforms and islands provides opportunities for camping from one-four nights in the swamp.

Photo credit: Jay Blanton

Group Canoeing and Kayaking - Okefenokee Swamp

Canoeing, Kayaking & Boating

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge w/ Okefenokee Adventures

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Whether bringing your own boat or renting one, paddling, kayaking and boating is an unmatched opportunity to experience the swamp. Public boat launches, canoe, kayak and Jon boat rentals are available at both the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Stephen C. Foster State Park entrances, while the Okefenokee Swamp Park Paddle Sundays provide visitors at this entrance with an opportunity to rent kayaks or canoes on Sundays.

Photo credit: Chris Moncus

Cottages - Stephen C. Foster State Park - Okefenokee Swamp

Cottages

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Visitors looking for a more home-like overnight experience at Stephen C. Foster State Park will find our park cottages a great alternative to camping. The cottages can hold 6-8 people, and some can accommodate wheelchairs, offering a comfortable and convenient overnight stay.

Chesser Island Homestead - Okefenokee Swamp

Cultural Sites/Interpretation

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Cultural sites are available at all three swamp entrances, providing visitors with a window into the past cultures, history and activities within the resource-rich Okefenokee.

Okefenokee Swamp Park Daily Nature Show

Daily Nature Shows

Okefenokee Swamp Park

The Eye on Nature shows at the Okefenokee State Park are daily interactive experiences that teach visitors about the different native wildlife that make their homes in the park. These shows are held at the Okefenokee State Park Nature Center and/or the Lagoon Amphitheater and feature live animals, including snakes, turtles and even baby alligators.

Auto Tour Route View - Okefenokee Swamp

Auto Tour Route

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

The Auto Tour Route, also known as the Swamp Island Drive at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, is a 7.2-mile paved road, which can be used by cars, bikes and walkers. This scenic route is a great way to experience the beauty of the refuge in a comfortable, stress-free way. The Swamp Island Drive provides access to several hiking trails as well as the Chesser Island Homestead and Chesser Island Boardwalk. Additionally, the Swamp Island Drive has an interpretive brochure to aid guests as they are learning about the flora, fauna, and history of the refuge.

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Camp Cornelia Café

Okefenokee Adventures

Cornelia Café is located in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and is operated by the Refuge onsite concessionaire, Okefenokee Adventures. The restaurant offers delicious food, including sandwiches, salads, vegetarian options, and low country shrimp boils, and is the perfect place to launch, relax or refuel for your swamp adventure.

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Canoeing, Kayaking & Boating

Okefenokee Adventures

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness Canoeing

Whether you bring your own boat (canoe/kayak, or boat w/ motor less than 10HP), or rent from Okefenokee Adventures, hitting the water trails is an unmatched opportunity to truly experience what the refuge has to offer. A public boat launch provides access to 120-miles of boating trails for day-use or overnight trips. Canoes, kayaks, and Jon boats are available to rent at Okefenokee Adventures for travelers that would like the experience of being out on the water trails, but do not have a boat of their own. All guests need to sign in/out if going out on the water – trail conditions change rapidly, check with either Okefenokee Adventures or the Visitor Center on the latest status of water levels and trail closures. Additional public boat launches at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are located at Kingfisher Landing and the Suwannee River Sill.

Photo credit: Chris Moncus

Chesser Island Homestead - Okefenokee Swamp

Chesser Island Homestead

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Chesser Island Homestead is a living history museum showcasing structural necessities of self-sufficient living in the resource-rich Okefenokee from the 1850s through the 1950s. Walk the grounds of the Homestead to take a step back in time to the days of the early settlers. Volunteer docents offer tours of the inside of the house seasonally.

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Educational Programs

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge - For Educators

Taking your class on a field trip to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible way to give your students an unforgettable, hands-on experience in nature. You can schedule a self-guided trip, take one of the guided tours, or request environmental education programs at the refuge.

Fishing - Okefenokee Swamp

Fishing

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge provides exciting freshwater fishing opportunities for bream, catfish, bowfin, and even the occasional largemouth bass! A variety of different habitats are easily accessible from a boat, including many natural lakes and prairies, along with the Suwannee Canal, which offers deeper water than the rest of the swamp. All of the waters along the refuge’s water trails are open to fishing. Bank fishing opportunities are available along the Canepole Trail and around the refuge boat basin. State and refuge regulations apply.

Photo credit: Mike Sepelak

Billy's Island Trees - Stephen C. Foster State Park - Okefenokee Swamp

Billy’s Island

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Accessed by boat through Stephen C. Foster State Park, this historic island in the Okefenokee has been inhabited by man for generations. Most recently, the Hebard Cypress Company had a lumber camp on the island in 1918, eventually supporting approximately 600 people. This island is the second largest in the swamp and is only accessible by boat.

Kakayers at Sunset on the Okefenokee Swamp Prairi

Canoeing, Kayaking and Boating

Stephen C. Foster State Park

For adventurous visitors, canoe and kayak rentals are available to explore the waters of the swamp. Canoeing and kayaking allow for an up-close and personal experience of the swamp, and unparalleled wildlife viewing. As an alternative to canoes and kayaks, Stephen C. Foster State Park also offers Jon boat rentals for park visitors who are interested in further exploration of the swamp waters.

Cottages - Stephen C. Foster State Park - Okefenokee Swamp

Cottages

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Visitors looking for a more home-like overnight experience at Stephen C. Foster State Park will find our park cottages a great alternative to camping. The cottages can hold 6-8 people, and some can accommodate wheelchairs, offering a comfortable and convenient overnight stay.

Banded Water Snake - Okefenokee Swamp

Educational Programs

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Stephen C. Foster State Park offers a variety of educational group experiences, including guided boat tours, paddle tours, and hiking. They also provide educational programs that cover topics including astronomy, reptiles, swamp topography, and more.

Fishing - Okefenokee Swamp

Fishing

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Stephen C. Foster State Park is a prime fishing location, particularly for warmouth, bluegill, catfish, chain pickerel and bowfin. Canoe, kayak and Jon boat rentals are available through the park, or visitors may bring their own.

Photo credit: Mike Sepelak

Gift Shop - Stephen C. Foster State Park - Okefenokee Swamp

Gift Shop

Stephen C. Foster State Park

The gift shop at Stephen C. Foster State Park provides visitors a convenient way to shop for a variety of items, including apparel, food and snacks, camping supplies, souvenirs, and more.

Guided Railroad Tour Train - Okefenokee Swamp Park

Guided Railroad Tour

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park visitors can take a trip back in time with a ride aboard the “Lady Suwannee”, traveling along the Okefenokee Railroad. The tour travels 1.5 miles around a portion of the swamp, stopping at various points of interest, including Pioneer Island.

Observation Tower - Okefenokee Swamp

Observation Tower

Okefenokee Swamp Park

The Okefenokee Swamp Park Observation Tower is the tallest point in the entire Okefenokee Swamp at 90 feet. Built in 1966, the tower has undergone four major restorations and survived the Big Turnaround Fire in 2007. Today, guests can climb to the top and be well above the treetops for a 360-degree panoramic view of the great Okefenokee.

Kayakers - Okefenokee Swamp

Paddle Sundays

Okefenokee Swamp Park

On Paddle Sundays at the Okefenokee Swamp Park, no motorized boats will be on our waterways and visitors can rent canoes or bring their own canoes or kayaks to enjoy and explore the swamp waters.

Picnic Shelter - Stephen C. Foster State Park - Okefenokee Swamp

Picnicking

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park has multiple picnicking areas, which provide a beautiful locale to take a break and eat a meal during your park visit.

Okefenokee Swamp Park Gift Shop Entrance

Souvenir Gift Shop

Okefenokee Swamp Park Online Gift Shop

Okefenokee Swamp Park

The Okefenokee Swamp Park Gift shop is a great place to browse for interesting and unique items and to pick up a souvenir to remember your time at the park. The gift shop also sells tickets for the various park experiences. Our online gift shop gives you access to our shop even when you can’t be here in person.

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Okefenokee Swamp Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park Canal

Enjoy a variety of fun activities and a wonderful show-window into the swamp under a forest canopy. Wilderness boardwalks and walkways, guided boat tours along swamp waterways, live wildlife shows and habitats, a pioneer island homestead and railroad tour are just a few of the park highlights.

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Stephen C. Foster State Park

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This remote park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp. Paddlers and photographers will enjoy breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Stargazers will appreciate the particularly dark sky.

Same-day reservations are recommended for guided boat tours. Ask about our sunset and night tours. Rent canoes, kayaks or Jon boats for further exploration, including a trip to historic Billy’s Island.

Make time for fishing by staying overnight in a cabin or campsite.

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Okefenokee National
Wildlife Refuge with Okefenokee Adventures

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Enjoy exploration and wilderness observation, hiking, driving or biking along our Swamp Island Drive. Stop by our visitor center, take a guided boat tour, or kayak or canoe into our famous swamp prairies through cypress-lined waters, lily pads and grassy islands.

Onsite concession, Okefenokee Adventures, offers canoe, kayak and Jon boat rentals, cafe and gift shop.

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Waycross

Waycross, Georgia - Downtown Buildings

At the heart of Southeast Georgia, the historic town of Waycross is a city filled with Southern hospitality and charm with numerous opportunities for dining, lodging and shopping, as well as attractions such as the Historic Downtown district, the Okefenokee Swamp Park, the Southern Forest World Museum, the Okefenokee Heritage Center, and more.

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Folkston

Folkston, Georgia

Experience rural South Georgia, with a taste of authentic, small-town charm.

This excellent weekend getaway is complete with beautiful sights, outdoor exploration, and a rich history. Centrally located between Amelia Island, St. Marys, Jacksonville, and Savannah, Charlton County is only a short drive from I-95, making it the ideal place to experience everything South Georgia has to offer.

Get up close and personal with trains by relaxing under the Folkston Funnel, visiting the historical train museum, or even sleeping overnight in a train cart. Immerse yourself in off the beaten path experiences at the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge. Photograph the overhanging beauty and wildlife or take a step back in time and see how the early swampers dwelled.

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