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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Folkston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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 young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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English first
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I like visiting the Swamp often, just can't get enough of it. You will love the wild life you will see in the wild, not a zoo. Also for Goecaches their is one hidden here have fun finding it. Good luck!

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Augusta, Georgia
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Amazing place to visit! Fee is $5 per car. First things noticed upon arrival were butterflies and dragonflies flying all over the place. Husband and I took advantage of the 90 minute boat tour and so glad we did. We'd been vacationing all week in FL and on the way back home to GA and wanted to visit a wildlife... More

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Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We live about an hour from the swamp and visit frequently. The swamp suffered a devastating fire a few years back that destroyed a tremendous amount of forest and underlying brush. Took the new boardwalk into the swamp and saw a great amount of new growth from cypress trees to bladderworts blooming. Bright yellow flowers growing in the water. It... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Have wanted to visit the Okefenokee Swamp for a long time so we finally had the opportunity to visit this Spring. We took the 90 minute boat ride along the canal and back and saw several gators and birds. Went a small distance into the swamp areas, but the majority of the ride was only along the man made canal,... More

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Elmhurst, Ill.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I cannot say enough good things about the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge! While the day we went in late March was cold and windy, the swamp, the largest in the United States, was amazing. It is not hard at all to imagine native peoples poling through the swamp hundreds and even thousands of years ago. It is quiet and hauntingly... More

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Modesto, California
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157 attraction reviews
374 helpful votes 374 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

As part of a Road Scholar Tour group, I visited this swamp a few weeks ago on a very cold, rainy day. The Okefenokee is considered the largest fresh water swamp land in America. We first saw a film in the very nice visitor center and then took a swamp boat ride. The ride was supposed to last about 90... More

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23 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The trails through the swap are great for bird viewing. Be quiet along the way and you will have a special treat -- sounds of the swap. Go early in the morning.

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Waycross, Georgia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We loved the boat ride and the boardwalk to the tower. Next time we hope to see the homestead site. The boat ride was 90 minutes and very nice. We also went to the Okefenokee Swamp Park. Their boat ride was shorter but the tower there was twice as high and had more for children to do.

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Savannah, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Even though we had to bundle up on this cold, damp day, we had a terrific boat ride with a helpful young guide. The facilities were nice and clean. We also enjoyed the museum there. I hope to return for a canoe or kayak trip when it's a little warmer.

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Forsyth, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Of course we saw an alligator! We stopped at the interpretative center -- the USFW Service center was particularly nice and well done with interactive exhibits and super helpful staff. We took the Swamp Circle road and then the Homestead Boardwalk trail. After a fire, the boardwalk has been reconstructed and rededicated in November of 2013. It is in impeccable... More

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