The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 as a "refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife". The Okefenokee is like no other place on earth, where natural beauty and wilderness prevail. The vision for Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is to protect and enhance wildlife and its habitat, ensure integrity of the ecological system, and embrace the grandeur, mystery, and cultural heritage that lead to an enrichment of the human spirit. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge conserves the unique qualities of the Okefenokee Swamp for future generations to enjoy. The swamp is considered the headwaters of the Suwannee and St Marys Rivers. Habitats provide for threatened and endangered species, such as red-cockaded woodpecker, wood storks, indigo snakes, and a wide variety of other wildlife species. It is world renowned for its amphibian populations that are bio-indicators of global health. More than 600 plant species have been identified on refuge lands. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has 353,981 acres of National Wilderness Area within the refuge boundaries. In addition, the refuge is a Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR Convention

We drove 1hr 45mins and it wasn't worth the drive. We didn't like it at all I don't know why it on altrails there is no trails. plus it cost to much to get in. I understand that it non profit organization but it can be a cheaper I'm sure. We wouldn't go back there again.

walking
5 months ago

Liked it. Worth the price of admission. Wish it was a little longer of a walk but still very good and well maintained.

hiking
5 months ago

I love this park. I hike out to the lookout tower is awesome, you can see for miles around from the top. So many sights so much history.

hiking
5 months ago

If this is the Swamp Island boardwalk trail, Fitbit says actual mileage is 1.3 miles round trip. Pets are also not allowed on this trail, though I didn’t know that until after the fact when I stopped at the visitor center and got a hiking map that stated so. If there was a sign at the trailhead, I missed it. So did another pair of walkers who had a small dog that they let poop on the boardwalk and left it - I’d imagine this is the reason dogs are no longer allowed.

If this is not the boardwalk trail, sorry for the misinformation. The boardwalk is on some of the photos so I’m assuming it’s the same trail. Anyone know?

paddle sports
Monday, July 25, 2016

Been here more than a dozen times and have canoed every trail that has been opened since my first visit in 1992. My wife and kids were hesitant at first, but now if we miss a year they start asking when will we go back?

paddle sports
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Beautiful! Me and my son went! Everything was beautiful! We seen Crazy and a mama gator and her nest and a baby from last year!

hiking
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Beautiful! Perfect depiction of Florida. Lots of wildlife!

walking
Friday, January 15, 2016

our family goes every Spring. it's nice and very easy walk.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

So much to do and see. Trails well marked. Boardwalks over swamps and a great tower outlook

hiking
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fantastic walk on a boardwalk out into the swamps. Start your hike at the Chesser Homestead and take in what it was like to live near the swamps. From there you can take a .4 mile walk to the boardwalk hike. (We startled a flock of turkeys on this trail). The boardwalk is about .9 miles long and ends at an observation tower overlooking a lake. During our visit we saw eight baby alligators sunning themselves along the boardwalk and two huge ones at the lake. This is a fantastic walk and since it was November we were the only people wandering around the area.

paddle sports
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fantastic! Just did a day kayaking trip (didn't camp overnight). The website says to "avoid summer" and we decided to disregard this advice. Was worried about heat/mugginess and mosquitoes, but to our surprise it was quite pleasant! Not a single mosquito. I recommend getting on the water prior to sunrise if going this time of the year (mid-August) so it's still relatively cool.

paddle sports
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

It's the SWAMP. tons of wildlife. VERY HOT, lots of places to explore and get lost.

paddle sports
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Took a 2 night, 3-day paddling trip in February. Despite the cold and rain, a gorgeous place! The FWS does a good job of marking the trails and the camping platforms are in great shape. The information on the FWS website is out of date though. Many trips are available and many of the day sites are now used as camping platforms.

paddle sports
Friday, January 25, 2013

My dad and did an overnight conoe trip here. Had a lot of fun hardly saw any one the whole time. Great wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago