Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Travel Guide

  • Boat Tours
    Boat Tours
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  • Okefenokee Swamp
    Okefenokee Swamp
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  • Welles Museum
    Welles Museum
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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do

  • Welles Cabin

    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

    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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  • Walt Kelly and Pogo

    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...

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  • The Seminole

    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

    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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  • The Alligator

    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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  • Swamp Creatures in Their Natural Habitat

    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

    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

    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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  • Boardwalk Trail

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Okefenokee Adventures

    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...

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  • American Alligator

    On the water you can come across numerous different species of plant and animal. One almost everyone wants to see is the Alligator. Remember: "Don't feed the animals .... They will bite"

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  • Stephen C. Foster State Park

    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...

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Restaurants

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    Snack Shack

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009

    There is a snack shack in the center of the park that offers sandwiches, burgers, very good barbecue, and other light fare.

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