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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA 31537-7906
+1 912-496-7836
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If you like nature, Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge is a must

You will need a full day here if you want to experience the various activities. We arrived at the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DogDay4
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West Chester, PA
Lots of activities to do in the refuge

We took a boat tour. Did a lot of hiking. You can also rent canoes or kayaks. Lots of activities... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Steven P
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Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local wildlife.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average1%
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“boat ride” (25 reviews)
“visitor center” (19 reviews)
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2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA 31537-7906
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+1 912-496-7836
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"boat ride"
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"observation tower"
in 21 reviews
"visitor center"
in 19 reviews
"old homestead"
in 6 reviews
"baby alligators"
in 5 reviews
"east entrance"
in 4 reviews
"swamp area"
in 3 reviews
"their natural habitat"
in 5 reviews
"boardwalk trail"
in 3 reviews
"scenic drive"
in 4 reviews
"knowledgeable guide"
in 3 reviews
"state park"
in 8 reviews
"interesting place"
in 4 reviews
"black water"
in 3 reviews
"cypress trees"
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"mile round trip"
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"both sides"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

You will need a full day here if you want to experience the various activities. We arrived at the main entrance around 11 am ( 4159 Suwannee Canal Rd Folkston, GA ) for the 90 minute boat ride thru the swamp. While waiting for our...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took a boat tour. Did a lot of hiking. You can also rent canoes or kayaks. Lots of activities and lots to see.

Thank Steven P
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to the swamp today. Had good time walking around the area. Took a drive and found several gators in a small pond. Stop at gift store and got aa few keep sakes. Also picked up lunch at the cafe. Enjoyed out stop very...More

Thank Kurt R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited here along with a number of other wildlife refuges in Florida. The wildlife was not as prevalent here, but it really is unique. I walked the Chesser Island Boardwalk early in the morning and had a wonderfully close encounter with an otter. I...More

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A tremendous visit, with a unique ecosystem and abundant wildlife. The main areas on both sides of the park are similar, but the west side, near Folkston, has a small restaurant. In both places you can sign up for a boat tour, for private tours,...More

Thank BDavis1236
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for kayaking or canoeing. Wonderful wildlife and the canoe trails are first rate. The NWR canal has a mirror life surface that is otherwordly. The boardwalk also has good bird watching, especially the sandhill cranes.

Thank Kay B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many trails allowed dogs, just not the boardwalks since they are used by alligators sunning themselves. During the week was very quiet this time of year.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

We were a bit disappointed by the wide boring canal you had to paddle for an hour. Unfortunately there werent any animals out due to the cold wether. That might be much better when it is warmer? We loved the bordwalk and the Little lizzards...More

Thank Susanne900
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

My husband always wanted to visit the Okefenokee swamp and living in central pa that seemed quite a pilgrimage. And so it was . We visited over Thanksgiving break with our family. It was very hard to find much out about what entrance to go...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

The largest black water swamp in North America, almost the size of Rhode Island. 700 black bears and over 20,000 alligators call it home. I recommend to take a 90 min boat tour from the Main entrance (next to the visitor center). We saw plenty...More

1  Thank Stefan B
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Elliott R
26 February 2017|
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Response from Daryn K | Reviewed this property |
You can rent canoes and kayaks. I would recommend taking the guided motorized tour first, just to get comfortable among all the alligators and the nature interpretation is great, too.
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adventuresofmom
29 January 2017|
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Response from Kate R | Reviewed this property |
I think we paid about $20 per person.
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Lori A
21 May 2016|
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Response from CaliforniaGoGirl | Reviewed this property |
You are definitely thinking of the Stephen Foster side. We did a 3 day guided trip starting at the entrance near Folkston, and got to the part you are talking about on day 3.
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