Okefenokee Swamp Park is 8 mi. s.e. on US 1/23, then 4.7 mi. s. on SR 177 to 5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd. This 1,600-acre wildlife sanctuary on Cowhouse Island is the northern entrance to Okefenokee Swamp. The park features flower and seasonal butterfly gardens, a wilderness walkway and several educational centers. The Swamp Creation Center has dioramas, charts and animated exhibits explaining the swamp's evolution. The Nature Center includes a bear observatory and snake exhibits. Outdoor museum displays at Pioneer Island pertain to the history of the swamp's early settlers. Alligators may be seen in their natural habitat spring through fall.
Live reptiles are featured in the “Eye on Nature” show. The Walt Kelly Studio honors the late cartoonist and his most famous creation, Pogo the Possum. Optional guided boat tours offer an up-close look at plants and wildlife. Visitors also can take a 1.5-mile railroad tour. The Okefenokee Swamp Park Light Show is offered during the holiday season.
Food is available daily mid-Mar. through July 31; Fri.-Sun., Aug.-Oct.; Sat.-Sun., in Nov. and days with light show in Dec.
Guided tours are available. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
Park $17; $16 (ages 3-11, ages 62+ and active military with ID). Combination park admission and boat tours $27; $22 (ages 3-11). Inquire about boat tour refund policies.
Hours: Park open daily 9-5:30. Light show Fri.-Sun. 6-9 p.m. (also Mon.-Fri. during week of Christmas), Thanksgiving weekend-Dec. 31; park opens at 1 on days when light show is offered. Nature shows are presented seasonally; phone for schedule. Optional 45-minute guided boat tours depart daily (depending on water level and guide availability). Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas; phone ahead to confirm holiday schedule.