Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Folkston, GA 31537- Map It
(912) 496-7836

AAA Editor Notes

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge occupies 402,000 acres of the Okefenokee Swamp and surrounding uplands. The main entrance is 7 mi. s.w. on SR 121/23, then 4 mi. w. on Suwannee Canal Rd. following signs. There also is a western entrance at Stephen C. Foster State Park and a northern entrance at Okefenokee Swamp Park . The swamp's abundant plant and animal life can best be observed on overnight canoe trips lasting from 2 to 5 days. The trips require advance permits issued by the refuge office. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made 2 months in advance; contact the Canoe Reservation Line. Fishing is permitted at the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, Stephen C. Foster State Park and two unstaffed secondary entrances that provide access to the swamp's interior. All state regulations apply. Rental boats, canoes and kayaks are available at the east and west entrances; rates vary. Camping and cabins are at the western entrance. Guided tours are available. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.
A 7-day pass good for the east or west entrance to the refuge costs $5 per private vehicle. Fee at the north entrance near Waycross is $17 per person; $16 (ages 3-11, ages 62+ and active military with ID). Combination admission and boat tour (from Waycross entrance) $27; $22 (ages 3-11).
Hours: East entrance open daily a half-hour before dawn-7:30 p.m., Mar.-Oct.; a half-hour before dawn-5:30 p.m., rest of year; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. West entrance daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; closed Christmas. North entrance daily 9-5:30; hours may vary in Dec.; phone ahead. North entrance closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.