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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, Camping, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
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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We drove up from St Augstine especially to visit Okefenokee swamp. Did the drive. One of the main highlights was a snake crossing the road in front of us. Coming from the UK this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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south yorkshire
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92 reviews 92 reviews
34 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We drove up from St Augstine especially to visit Okefenokee swamp. Did the drive. One of the main highlights was a snake crossing the road in front of us. Coming from the UK this was a big deal for us. Also saw a water snake as we walked along the board walk. Great views of the swamp from the watch... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We took a boat trip with Charlie and he kept us entertained throughout the 90 minutes with stories and swamp lore. The park was great too with many trails and a good welcome center

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Central Europe
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This would be a great place to come with your canoe. If you don't have a boat at least do the drive and walk the boardwalk out to the observation tower. The swamp is a very serene place. Watch for the small wildlife - dragon flies, lizards, water snakes, birds.

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

I love visiting the Okefenokee Swamp. A course you see water, but you can see alligators and other reptiles. The land area is also nice. If you are looking for a great place to sight see around Folkston, how about visiting the Okefenokee Swamp, I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it.

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raleigh, nc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

we loved seeing the alligators, the nature center is lovely, the ranger was very kind, the movie about the swamp is quality, the driving loop is pleasant. the old homestead is really amazing; it was so silent out there it almost hurt our ears.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 via mobile

If you want to see & enjoy the great outdoors as it was & is then Okefenokee is the place to visit. So much to see & do. Many walking areas, included boardwalks. Boat trip a must. Observation tower. Visit settlement. Start out @ visitor center. Rangers, volunteers etc most helpful. Great bunch of people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We camped for four days over Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed every minute of this beautiful remote retreat. The campground is clean and peaceful and the pull through sites are perfect for maneuvering the RV even late at night. However the real gem is the swamp and all the wildlife. Highly recommend taking the boat tour just for neat little tidbits... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Even though the alligators and other large critters were hiding because of the cool weather, I still find the Okefenokee a magical and special place. The weather prevented any thoughts of hiking and so I just followed the Swamp Island Drive all the way to Chesser Island homestead, the boardwalk and the Observatory Tower. Magnificent oak trees draped with Spanish... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Great boardwalk, $5 entry. Spend a few days and go on the concession's (Okefenokee Adventures) tours. Bring binos if you like birds! The interpretive center is OK. They have a great ranger program for kids.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Traveled there while in area for two days did the East and west side. Heard North gate was a tourist trap. Great boat tours and we got to see alligators!

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