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    Walt Kelly and Pogo

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    In 1941, Walt Kelly started drawing a cartoon with characters that occupied Okefenokee Swamp. Then in 1948, he created the beloved cartoon character Pogo the Possum. Pogo looked at the problems of the world with a childlike innocence but also a keen insight. At its peak Pogo was published in over 500 papers in 14 countries. Over 300 million Pogo books have been published. There is a room honoring Walt Kelly and Pogo in the park.

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    The Alligator

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    The star animal of the Okefenokee Swamp is the alligator. Alligators grow from 6 to 16 1/2 feet long. The largest alligator on record was over 19 feet long. They are fast swimmers and can move decptively fast for short distances on land.

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    Boardwalk Trail

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    As you walk through the main part of the park, you will see a short, easy boradwalk trail. This will give you an idea what the swamp habitat is like if you do not have the time or money for the full boat tours.

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    Take a Boat Tour

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    Boat tours are offered ranging from a 30 minute tour for $16 to a two hour tour for $30. I recommend a boat tour so you can get a better idea what the swamp is like. You will see a variety of unique plants and animals in their natural habitat.

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    Okefenokee Swamp Park

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    The star of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the approximately 700 square mile Okefenokee Swamp. Okefenokee is a derivative of the Creek and Seminole words for "trembling earth". The swamp has this name because the peat filled earth is so soft if you jump up and down on the land nearby bushes and trees shake. There are 120 miles of boat trails in the swamp. There are three places to gain access to the swamp: One near Folkston; the Stephen C. Foster State Park; and Okefenokee Swamp Park. Okefenokee Swamp Park is probably your best bet if you have kids. Your first stop should be the Welcome Center where you will pay your fee and get information about how to best enjoy the park. The park is open from 9 AM to 5:30 PM daily except major holidays. Admission is $12 for adults and $11 for kids seniors and active military.

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    Okefenokee Adventures

    by grandmaR Written May 1, 2007

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    I was determined to take a boat trip into the swamp, so we took one of the concessionaire's guided boat trip down the canal (photo 3) and into the lakes. Lower than normal water levels offer great opportunities for wildlife viewing.

    We saw alligators (photo 4 and 5) and birds such as great blue herons, white ibis, great egrets (photo 2) and golden club. The guide stopped the boat where several alligators were sitting on the mud, and while we were sitting there talking, one of the gators took exception to something and there was a brief scuffle (which I did not manage to photograph) and then one of the gators swam away to find a better place.

    We took the 90 Minute Tour

    Adults (age12 and up) $16.00
    Children (age 5-11) $10.00
    Age 4 and under are FREE

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    Stephen C. Foster State Park

    by mtncorg Written Oct 29, 2003

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    I visited the Okefenokee via Stephen C. Foster State Park on the SW edge of the swamp. The park is named after the 19th Century American songwriter and is located where the river he made famous in song - the Suwanee - emerges from the swamp. There are cottages you can rent, lots of tent and trailer sites, an elevated boardwalk trail, guided boat trips and boat rentals all available. There is a museum to tell you bout the huge number of animal and plant species that make their home within the swamp, plus a little on man's history within the swamp.

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    Boat tour into the Swamp

    by mtncorg Written Oct 29, 2003

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    Surreal Okefenokee waters

    At the least, I heartily recommend a short boat tour out into the swamp to get a small taste of this environment. REmember it can be hot and humid here. Sun protection and something for the bugs who also like to make their home here :-0

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    Welles Cabin

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    There is also a recreation of a smaller cabin which houses the “Welles Museum” detailing an incident that occurred between settlers and the local Native Americans.

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    Highsmith Cabin

    by Basaic Updated Nov 12, 2009
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    Another attraction is the Highsmith Cabin, a pioneer cabin that is located near the Cypress Cove Annex. The cabin has been rebuilt and furnished as closely as possible to original.

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    The Seminole

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    The park also has displays about the Native Americans that inhabited this area in the past. This is a typical Seminole House called a Chickee.

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    Kids Activities

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    The park has several activities aimed at the kids. They can have their pictures taken with these cutouts, learn from several hands-on displays, or participate in other activities.

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    Swamp Creatures in Their Natural Habitat

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    In the center of the park is a display of differnt swamp creatures in a more natural habitat. Two of the animals you will see are turtles and the always fun otters.

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    Nature Center - Snakes

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    The Nature Center also has a number of types of snakes on display. This is a good educational tool so you can recognize which snakes in the area are dangerous.

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    Nature Center

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009
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    One place you should not miss, especially if you have kids, is the Nature Center. The Nature Center has several displays of animals native to the swamp, including some hands-on exhibits.

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