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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Fort Myers, FL
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, peaceful, serene. Nature at its awesome best. At the eastern entrance, be sure to do the boardwalk off of the Swamp Island Drive. And take a boat tour with Okefenokee Pastimes out into the swamp. But skip the northern entrance near Waycross. It pales. Too commercial and really gives you no feel for the swamp.

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washington dc
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We had a limited time to enjoy this wildlife refuge. After exiting Rt 1 (GA) at the entrance to the Refuge, we stopped at the Visitor Center to ask what we should take advantage of in the short amount of time available. We chose the Swamp Island Drive which was perfect for us. We took the map that was at... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 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
19 helpful votes 19 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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