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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 5 things to do in Folkston Features Animals
2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA 31537-7906
+1 912-496-7836
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Beautiful park, wild and uncontaminated nature. Between prehistoric vegetation and marshes, this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Probably loads of fun when it's not burning

I was on the West Mims Fire, which burned primarily in the Okefenokee. It is beautiful country and... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
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Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local wildlife.
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“boat ride” (24 reviews)
2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA 31537-7906
+1 912-496-7836
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful park, wild and uncontaminated nature. Between prehistoric vegetation and marshes, this scenery is wonderful. Several excursion possibilities, including a 90 minute boat ride and a variety of walking trails. Absolutely to visit. Even the right Pic-Nic area adjacent to the Visitor Center is also...More

Thank Naughty-Cougar
Reviewed 28 May 2017

I was on the West Mims Fire, which burned primarily in the Okefenokee. It is beautiful country and loaded with wildlife: alligators, turtles, bears, hogs, birds and more. I'd love to come back when it's not on fire and see the sites. Note to the...More

1  Thank mdavis0735
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Personally, I'm more of a mountains guy, but was sent to the Okefenokee to help fight a massive fire and found it to be a fascinating area. Alligators, bears, wild hogs, alligators, endangered birds and turtles, alligators, snakes, alligators, and oh, did I mention alligators?...More

Thank Eric W
Reviewed 27 April 2017

This was one of my favorite places to kayak! The wildlife was incredible and swamp in pristine condition. Spotted otters, lots of big gators & more birds than I could count. This old historic homestead is an interesting stop in the park. We'll definitely be...More

Thank Jane O
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We enjoyed the homestead, Swamp island drive and the hike to the tower, but the sunset cruise was our favorite. Very knowledgeable guide, lovely sunset, lots of wildlife but especially alligators. Do take bug spray and go in the spring before the mosquitoes get too...More

Thank 460amy
Reviewed 22 April 2017

A must see if you are in the area. Baby gators were neat and the boardwalk across the swamp in neat.

Thank Craig T
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Decided to visit the park at the last minute and so glad we did. Had a national park pass so entered the refuge for free. Immediately bought tickets for our family of 4 for the boat tour and waited for a very short time. Our...More

Thank carolann10
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Okefenokee is a wildlife refuge. It is intimidating to see the alligators so intimately, but at the same time, to be so close to nature is a gift. The lilies, the butterflies, the wild birds and vegetations are so beautiful together. The cypress roots and...More

Thank Hulafille
Reviewed 8 April 2017

My husband and I visited the park on April 6th. When we arrived at the entrance to the building where you purchase your tickets, I saw a very large alligator just a few feet from the sidewalk. I told my husband that it must have...More

1  Thank Rebecca G
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Arrived late on the day, but fortunately had time for the swamp island drive. Saw several alligators and walked the boardwalk to the owls roost tower. Nice trip

Thank Becky G
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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.
30 January 2017|
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Response from Kate R | Reviewed this property |
I think we paid about $20 per person.
Lori A
22 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.