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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537
Phone Number: 912-496-7836
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Folkston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Canoeing, Camping, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner 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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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Canoeing, Camping, Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Owner 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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raleigh, nc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

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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88 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

It was too windy and cold to kayak marshes at Brunswick so we headed over to the Okefenoke NWR. Poor weather, as well as the off-season Sunday afternoon time, played a part in limiting visitors. We benefitted in getting our guide's exclusive attention. Colorful stories, great insights into natural and historic aspects of the Okefenokee, and great advice encouraging future... More 

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Ohio
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99 reviews 99 reviews
41 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My husband and I recently visited the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. It was a fascinating place. We chose not to take the pontoon boot ride...but, will rent a kayak and tour the swamp the next time we visit. We would have loved to have done that on this visit, but were not dressed appropriately. We did enjoy the visitor center... More 

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Folsom, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

While visiting relatives in northern Florida we decided to visit Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Folkston, Georgia. The only swamps my wife and I had ever seen before was in books, movies or television. We arrived in the early morning before the tours began. The area was covered in a low layer of fog only bringing to life what a swamp... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Rented an aluminum boat with motor, motor ran great, plenty of gas and lots of fun exploring the many inlets within the swamp. Don't forget to bring your camera, plenty of great pictures around every bend.

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