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“Small park but a good half day adventure”

Okefenokee Swamp Park
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Waycross
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed May 8, 2013

First, realize that there are at least two main attractions at the Okefenokee Swamp; the Okefenokee Swamp Park (near Waycross) and the Stephen Foster State Park (on the more western or southwestern side of the swamp). The Okefenokee Swamp park is a privately run, non-profit. The Stephen Foster State Park is run by the state of Georgia. This review is for the Okefenokee Swamp Park.

We went by here on the way home from Cumberland Island. It was mid-morning on Sunday. There were very few people there. When we arrived we noticed what appeared to be an alligator on the sidewalk to the entrance. He was so still we thought he wasn't real. We quickly learned that there is only one "not real" alligator in that park and he is in a building on a display. Bottom line: assume that all alligators are real. Make sure your children are aware.

When you enter the park on the left is a really interesting raised walkway where you can see penned alligators, turtles, etc. Next is a building that had a black bear in a large pen behind the bhilding. There is a show that they put on each day that is well-worth attending. The lady gave interesting information about alligators, area snakes, and turtles. My daughter was given the opportunity to touch two baby alligators, a snake, and a turtle. There is a train ride which was somewhat interesting, but the driver dragged the ride out too long. At the end of the ride is an old homestead setup. My children found it to be interesting. There is a boat ride that we chose not to do because of time constraints. There is also a really tall tower out in the swamp. We did not go to the tower because we were still recovering from the walk on Cumberland the day before. One of the buildings in the park has lots of interesting information about various animals in the swamp.

All in all, this park is worth the money. However, do not count on buying food there. Food service was awful. There are plenty of places to eat a picnic. The park is clean and bathroom facilities were good.

9  Thank lizzeyriley
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Very informative, good guide and boat ride. Nice facilities and museum. Don't miss the swamp "prairie", an incredible field of thousands of water lilies.

2  Thank JG T
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Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

We had a really nice relaxing and fun time at Okefenokee national park the scenic drive to the historical place was awesome learn about the park also the historical place then we took the boat tour with captain charlie who was very sweet and provide a wonderful educational tour through the swamp its was so beautiful and peaceful out on the tour got to see some alligators and the beauty of the Okefenokee swamp thank you charlie for wonderful time

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stayed a few nights in the cabins in the Okefenokee Swamp area. This was an experience itself. Our time here was spend in October, and the summer had apparently been very dry which meant the low water levels concentrated all the alligators into a tiny portion of the swamp. This made our boat and canoe trip very interesting!

The scenery is spectacular and so different than anything I have encountered before. The boat trip is great to get some information about the swamp. We then did a canoe trip by ourselves which is something I will never forget. The water is still and the sounds of the swamp create the most amazing atmosphere.

I will be back to this swamp one day and will happily canoe for hours.

1  Thank Chris P
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

2nd week of April -- my son and his friend and I paddled 10 miles from Suwanee Canal entrance to our campsite (Canal Run). What a fantastic 2 days of being outdoors. The swamp is beautiful, water everywhere, lots of birds, lots of gators (but they never both you), lots of sounds, both night and day. Very nice platform that was large enough for a good size tent, right on the canal. It also had a nice and clean outhouse on the side. Bring a backpacking stove and a little bit of gear and for a small expense you really can be out there without a lot of work.

1  Thank Jamie D
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