We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Certificate of Excellence
Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537
Phone Number: 912-496-7836
Website
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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 96 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Most recent review
Georgia Alligators

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Caleb J
,
Fayetteville, Georgia
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

96 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Fayetteville, Georgia
Top Contributor
795 reviews 795 reviews
167 attraction reviews
323 helpful votes 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
raleigh, nc
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Petersburg, Florida
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jacksonville, Florida
Top Contributor
304 reviews 304 reviews
88 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlotte, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Ohio
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
41 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Folsom, California
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge also viewed

 

Been to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Jacksonville, FL
1 month ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?