Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge


2700 North, Suwannee Canal Road
Folkston, GA 31537


The Okefenokee is like no other place on earth; where wild prevails. The Refuge also has extensive and essentially undisturbed peat deposits. Black water the color of dark, southern sweet tea glides beneath your boat. Water lilies and other water flowers seem to defy physics as they dance on top of the water. Overhead a Sandhill Crane gazes at you distractedly as it glides on the wind. The camouflaged heads of alligators rise out of the water in your path like scaly, prehistoric stepping stones to eye you coldly. You are not in some deep Amazonian rain forest, but instead in the Spanish Moss-draped world of the Okefenokee Swamp near Folkston, Ga. You are visiting the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge where you are only a couple hours from home but what feels like a million miles away. It has been called by many names but one of the most apt is “Land of the Trembling Earth.” Native Americans knew this place to be special for many reasons. This wide, shallow swampland in Southern Georgia that held a wealth of wildlife and unique plants that formed soggy islands that bobbed and sank with the footfall of an explorer, indeed seemed to tremble with life itself. Today, the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 430,000 acres of freshwater wetland that stretches for miles across the Georgia-Florida state line. Designated a national landmark in 1974, Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge preserves the land and its unique ecosystem. State and regional parks allow access by boat where fishing, kayaking, and even platform camping is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. Take a day and go wild. A visit to Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is an unforgettable experience.

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