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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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Rome, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Hartwell, Georgia, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Liked everything! Go there! Guides helpful! Scenery beautiful! Cabins well stoked with everything you need. Need 3 days to take in the Suwanee River and all this place offers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Had a great time at the Refuge. My husband and I took the boat tour through the swamp with Joey as our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I appreciated that this did not feel "touristy" or staged at all. We had planned to rent bikes to ride, but got rained out. You can also rent canoes and... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We decided to go visit for the day and were not disappointed. We took the short tour offered through Okefenokee Adventures (right at the bathrooms and visitor center). Although I felt like it was a little pricey, we did it anyway. Joey was our guide and he was very knowledgeable about the area. Of course, they can't guarantee you any... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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114 reviews 114 reviews
70 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We spent 3-4 hours here and really enjoyed it. We took a 1.5 hour boat tour with a great guide who clearly knew his swamp and loved it. The birds were amazing and we saw the gators, too. We took the scenic drive and visited the old homestead. We didn't need bug spray, The water contains Tannins and this repels... More

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Debary, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

If you like to get away from it all, this is the place in the south.There are no billboards or anything else out here but the swamp.Do the hiking, take the scenic drive and do the boat tour. Enjoy the peace and quiet! But do take bug spray...

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London
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117 reviews 117 reviews
16 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We just did the short, 1.5 hour boat trip and wished we could have done a longer one, ideally at sunset. Apart from lots of the inevitable alligators, we were lucky to get up close to owls, hawks and lots of other birds.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

everything was fine we took the boat ride very interesting we went hiking watched the documentary on the great okeefenokee swamp

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