Okefenokee Swamp Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park, Waycross: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Okefenokee Swamp Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Okefenokee Swamp Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Parks
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Located in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Okefenokee Swamp Park is a convenient point of entry and a magnificent show-window for the "Land of the Trembling Earth." The park's lily-decked water trails, with their miraculously reflective waters mirroring the overhanging beauty, lead to all points in this vast wilderness of islands, lakes, jungles, forest and prairies. Boat tours on original Indian waterways, wilderness walkways, Pioneer Island and native animals in their own habitat, all combine to weave a spell of pioneer American life. Headwaters of the Suwannee and St. Mary's Rivers, Okefenokee is a National Wildlife Refuge which covers nearly a half million acres.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Leigh710
Birmingham, AL120 contributions
Bring water; watch for gators! :)
Jun 2021
Lots to review here:
1: We took a scheduled boat ride. Earliest is best, it seems, at least in the summer. It wasn't stifling hot and we saw so many alligators. We also heard lots of animals and saw some birds, especially a couple of bard owls. They're stunning. I even got to catch an alligator leaping out of the water to catch a fish! 100% take the boat tour!
2: We took the drive around the rest of the island. The house wasn't terribly interesting, but I'm glad we stopped and looked. I just can't imagine anyone living way out here especially in the late 1800s.
3: We went out the boardwalk. Lessons learned. Wear sun protection. Bring more water than you need. There is hardly any shade on the boardwalk. But at the end you're rewarded by a wonderful view of the swamp so it was totally worth it.
All in all, we were in the park for about four hours and enjoyed it. I bet in the fall it's amazing here when it isn't so brutally hot.
Written June 14, 2021
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Pat M
Sonoma, CA21 contributions
Worth every moment
Jun 2021 • Couples
Fabulous, informative, and oh so different. Great naturalists. Be sure to go to the entrance in Folkston. We went early in the day to avoid bugs. Saw plenty of gators and owls. Beautiful waterlilies.
Written June 13, 2021
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Lisa B
1 contribution
Awesome
Jun 2021 • Friends
Had the best time did both the Waycross and Folkston Parks. Did boat rides 90 minute and 45 minute train ride all of it !! Drove from Maryland just for this !! I do not regret it !
Written June 12, 2021
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deborah s
Decatur15 contributions
Amazing guide makes a super boat trip!
Jun 2021 • Family
We took our 22 yo grandson on a boat adventure with 9 other souls and Jenny as our guide. She was an excellent source of history and knowledge of all tho gs Pkefenokee swamp. We learned a lot and enjoyed several alligator sightings as well as soft shell turtles and cricket frogs. We heard lots of bird calls and a pig frog. Lovely breeze and not too hot after a thunderstorm the night before. Definitely recommend!
Written June 12, 2021
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Jaf1591
Metter, GA148 contributions
Fun times with 9 yr olds
Jun 2021
We went to the park when it opened. The temperature was going up quickly. We did it all. The boat ride, train ride and nature show. Some of us took the short walk to the watchtower. It was an easy walk and worth it. The only problem was the yellow flies. The insect spray from the gift shop is worth using. Much better than deep woods off.
Written June 8, 2021
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Jin L
1 contribution
"Sound of the Nature"
Jun 2021
We loved the boat experience. The water is so clean, and the reflections of the tress are so mesmerizing like mirrors. It was particularly memorable that the tour guide, Joey, asked us to stay for several minutes to listen to the sound of the nature, by the end of the Great Prairie. Yes, no human voice, no machine engineer's noises; everything is peaceful and ever-lasting. We can hear the grass is whispering, the water is flowing, and this is the sound of the quietness.
Written June 3, 2021
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DayTrip568326
Hermitage, TN2 contributions
Great Memorial Day trip
May 2021 • Family
I loved the boat experience. The guides on the boat and the train were great. The gentlemen who did the boat tour was very knowledgeable about the swamp’s wildlife and vegetation. Would recommend this trip.
Written June 2, 2021
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Sam A
5 contributions
A total blast.
May 2021 • Couples
One of the most enjoyable activities we have done. The train ride was fun but the swamp tour was the best of everything. Even though our boat motor broke Joe made the best of it and we had a quiet, beautiful experience. All the staff were friendly and knowledgeable about what they were showing us. Would highly recommend this for all family members.
Written May 30, 2021
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Fizzy
1 contribution
Ok
May 2021 • Solo
Its pretty good, but rn I had some things being renovated. Overall I liked it but some things were closed
Written May 29, 2021
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Ulrich P
Saint-Emilion, France6 contributions
Do not miss this boat trip
May 2021
Great boat trip into swamp with Captain Chris, who knows everything about nature and Okefenokee swamp. Lots of wildlife, alligators and no mosquitos! Trip is 90 minutes.
Written May 25, 2021
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