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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA 31537-7906
Phone Number: 912-496-7836
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Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local...

Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local wildlife.

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The Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge is an absolut highlight you should not miss. We went on a half day boat trip (not too cheap: 350$) and did a Kayak tour for three hours early in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped here on our way from Atlanta to St. Mary's/Cumberland Island and I am really glad we did. Everyone should experience a swamp once in their life. Plenty of alligators to see. Do the boat tour ( we did the train ride as well) and really get the history and enjoy the plant life as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge is an absolut highlight you should not miss. We went on a half day boat trip (not too cheap: 350$) and did a Kayak tour for three hours early in the morning - both with our kids (8,13). Wonderful!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

A great day trip from Amelia Island. We enjoyed a 1 1/2 hour guided boat trip through some fantastic scenery, photographed many alligators and a slew of beautiful birds and wildlife. We heartily recommend it. Kudos to our wonderful guide who explained everything we saw in a most interesting and humorous way.

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Danville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Stop by with only a few hours to spend but made the best of it. Amazing views and lots of wildlife. I have to return when I can spend more time.

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Ga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

We visited the Stephen Foster State Park in Folkston Ga and had a ball! There is camping available and a small gift shop where you can rent a Jon Boat (we did!) or take a canoe or take the guided covered boat tour. There didn't seem to be very many people around on this extremely Hot July late morning so... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Peaceful, eery quiet as you drift in your kayak down the logging culvert through the swamp. Filled with gators, herons, egrets, and their croaking calling voices. An amazing experience. Friend and I were the only ones out Sunday morning in mid-July. And earlier the better to beat the southern heat and see the most wildlife before it roosts for their... More 

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Montpelier, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

The actual dates of our visit were April 2013 and March (I think) 1994. Both times we were travelling by canoe and camping over a period of several days on platforms in the swamp. The first time was pre-kid, the second time w a 16- and 17-year old (we did *not* visit the Okefenokee when our daughter was little due... More 

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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Nothing about the Wildlife Refuge is boring. I do recommend keeping children within reach, of course, because alligators are the main attraction, in my opinion. Still, many birds and other wildlife offer many photographic opportunities along with walking trails and scenic landscape swamp beauty. The Chesser Island Boardwalk and Swamp Island Drive also offer great photo shots. A lot of... More 

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Randolph, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

For those that enjoy the outdoors, this is the place for you. Wildlife abounds throughout the park, with alligators even visable along the sides of the road as you enter the park. After paying to get in the park, some alligators and turtles are contained for easy viewing, and the exhibits were also informative. We loved the guided boat ride... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Everytime I visit Okefenokee, I am never disappointed! The boat ride is worth the time and money! We will be visiting again shortly!

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