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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537
Phone Number: 912-496-7836
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Activities: Canoeing, Viewing wildlife, Camping, Hiking
Description: Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local...
Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local wildlife.
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I love driving around in places I've never been to, and this was one such place on my way home to California. A swamp is very interesting if you have never been, with a lot of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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San Carlos, California
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San Carlos, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I love driving around in places I've never been to, and this was one such place on my way home to California. A swamp is very interesting if you have never been, with a lot of gators and birds and other such wildlife. I was able to hop on a small boat tour with a guy who said he was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I highly recommend a slow boat ride around the canals and many small waterways at the park. Plenty of wildlife to see including deer, bear, snakes and of course gators.

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Pembroke, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We liked the following at the Refuge near Folkston: The evening boat tour, walk to the observation tower, lunch at the dock, seeing moma gator with her babies in the swamp where they should be, the staff at the Refuge. We liked the visitors center and the enthusiasm of the staff, and the film. THe kids liked the hamburgers and... More 

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Greenville, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Here is an accessable entry to a swampy world the size of Rhode Island. Good roads bring visitors to a modern center with plenty of parking. As part of the eastern part of the swamp, there are trails, boat rides, and an early settlers farm. Walking is safe and easy. This is good for kids as well as seniors. Keep... More 

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kunming
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We visited on three consecutive days, first for boat ride, second for cycling, third for walking. All three were well worth it. More than paid for my Golden Eagle pass.

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St Augustine FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We intended to spend the day here, but there was no sign for the turn to the swamp so we ended up in the park in Waycross. Arrived at 4 pm just as most things were closing and no fee was charged. We had not eaten all day and the meal sold in the gift shop was wonderful - ham,... More 

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Rush, NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The boardwalk is a wonderful experience. We saw alligators of all sizes. We returned early the second day, but the insects shortened our walk.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Chip, the Okeefenokee Adventures guide gave us an informative, entertaining 90 minute ride through the swamp/marsh. He knew his science and told some great stories too.

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Folkston, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

$5 entrance fee per car is good for 7 days. Boat rides were extra but well worth it. miles of boardwalks. Picnic areas. More than you can do in one day. Beautiful and well maintained. Stay at the Okefenokee RV Park in Homeland.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Anyone visiting in the Folkston, Georgia area should definitely visit this amazing Wildlife Refuge. There are number of things one can experience in the “Land of the Trembling Earth”, a few being: A 90 minute guided boat tour of the Okefenokee Swamp, or you can canoe or kayak and explore on your own. We opted for the tour, our guide... More 

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