the ware county courthouse was built in 1957 in the modern/stripped classical style. the architect of the courthouse was william chase and associates. ware county was created in 1824 and was named after U.S. senator nicholas ware.
the confederate memorial is located in a small park a couple of blocks west of the ware county courthouse. the memorial is a common standing solder motif. next to the memorial is the interesting renovated waycross train station.
okefenokee swamp park is located 8 miles south of waycross on US 1. you can tour the swamp by train or boat. they also offer canoe rentals. the park has a large alligator population and you can also see other south georgia wildlife. they have reptile and local widlife exhibits and the walt kelly museum. walt kelly created the cartoon strip "pogo" which featured okefenokee wildlife characters. this park is an excellent place to get a quick overview of the okefenokee swamp. check their website for opening hours and admission information.
the okefenokee national wildlife refuge was created in 1937 to protect over 400,000 acres of the okefenokee swamp. the swamp was home to native americans dating back to 2500 BC. the deptford, swift creek, weeden island cultures inhabited the swamp. the last native american tribe were the seminoles who were driven out of the swamp in 1842 during the second seminole war. today the refuge offers fishing, 121 miles of canoe trails and 9 miles of hiking trails. the okefenokee swamp is one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the southeastern united states. from waycross take US 84 25 miles to homerville, then US441 37 miles to fargo, then GA117 to the stephen foster state park.
Waycross is also the gateway for the Okefenokee Swamp Park. There are several ways to see the swamp; there is access to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge down near Folkston, there is the stephen C. Foster State Park and there is the Okefenokee Swamp Park just 8 short miles south of Waycross on US Highway 1. If you have kids, this is probably the best bet, as there are ample things for them to do.
For more information, see my Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Page.
The Lakes at Laura S. Walker is a state parks golf course that is a blast to play. The layout is interesting with a lot of risk / reward holes and is always in good shape. It is located just down Highway 1 about 9 miles and I think they even have packages with some of the hotels in Waycross.
waycross has a very nice historic district with numerous shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. when traveling through waycross the downtown area is worth a stop.
a real swamp...boat tours available.
Nice to finally see a swamp in the way I expected that to be. All muddy, mushy and jucky. But very intresting !
this is the favourite hangout for alligators in summer time. I have been told they serve free beer here...