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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537
912-496-7836
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Folkston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Canoeing, Camping, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local wildlife.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Growing up I spent my summers in North Florida and I always wanted to visit the Okefenokee Swamp which I often heard stories about from the old timers. My husband and I booked a 90 minute boat tour and went exploring out Swamp Island Drive. I wish we had brought our bikes--what a nice, well maintained paved road for biking.... More

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Swindon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Just done a long write up under Okefenokee Adventures (see that for details). Wonderful place, hotching with life, but you have to make the effort to see it, at least the spectacular moving bits like animals! Early morning brings out the most, loads of 'gators and plenty of turtles, birds etc. Needs a good 48 hrs in my view, just... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

After our 90 minute boat ride with Okefenokee Adventures we had time for a quick drive thru the park and a walk on the new boardwalk to the new observation tower. What a view! We saw snakes and a baby alligator.

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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I didn't know much about swamps. I do now thanks to our guide Joey who explained lots of in depth detail in his laid back style. The boat trip is excellent value and the homestead along the drive is also a fascinating place. Lots of plants and wildlife and a beautiful mostly unspoilt place. Well worth a visit!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

One of my favorite spots to visit when I'm in the area. So glad that the Chesser boardwalk has been re-built. Well worth your time to visit.

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Rome, Georgia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I had an excellent ripe to the swamp. The staff was friendly and knowledgable. Ive been to the great smokey mountains numerous times and never saw a bear, ever. I only saw squirrels. One trip through the swamp and I saw over 10 alligaters , a barred owl, frogs and turtles. This is a south Georgia must see

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was a beautiful visit. We took the boardwalk hike and looked at all the wildlife. Good view from the observation tower. Also nice wildlife viewing drive.

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St. Johns, FL
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This made for a great family trip. This was our 2nd visit to Okefenokee with the 1st being over 15 years ago. We attempted to visit about 2 years ago; however, wildfires struck the refuge. The scarred and burned trees could still be seen as you drive into the refuge. We took the boat tour while others canoed on their... More

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Hartwell, Georgia, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Liked everything! Go there! Guides helpful! Scenery beautiful! Cabins well stoked with everything you need. Need 3 days to take in the Suwanee River and all this place offers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Had a great time at the Refuge. My husband and I took the boat tour through the swamp with Joey as our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I appreciated that this did not feel "touristy" or staged at all. We had planned to rent bikes to ride, but got rained out. You can also rent canoes and... More

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