National Parks / Natural World
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Folkston
Where is it at?
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
2700 Suwannee Canal Road
Tel: 912 496 4472
Where are we going today?
The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is an incredible place to visit with the family in Georgia. With the mysterious swamp, historic sites and fun, family adventures to be had, there are plenty of things to do with the kids here!
There are three main entrances at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, as well as two secondary entrances, so the best way to plan your trip is to include several of these to ensure you cover all that this amazing swamp has to offer!
Swamps across the USA always evoke fascination in kids. A great way to explore these beautiful areas is to take on wilderness canoeing. These fun paddling trips will be remembered for a lifetime! Watch as the alligators glide through the murky waters, and enjoy herons and egrets wading through the tall grasses. You might even see some bears roaming through the hammocks!
With over 400,000 acres of forests, pine and wet prairies, there are plenty of animals to spot!
If you didn't want to take one the canoeing yourself, there are companies like Okefenokee Adventures which can take you on extended tours, canoeing and kayaking tours, and every overnight adventures!
With a vast network of interconnecting habitats, there are many opportunities for great fishing. (Just be careful around the alligators!)
The Visitor Center at the East Entrance is a great place to enjoy public programs during spring and fall too, and educate kids on the animals in the swamp to make them realize they are not always as dangerous and scary as they might have thought!
So get out into an incredible natural environment at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge - it's a swamping good time!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$5 per vehicle valid for 7 days.
When can we go?
Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center winter times: 9am - 4pm Tuesday to Sat. Tours and trails open 30 mins
Closed Sunday, Monday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Take plenty of snacks to nibble on as you will need the energy!.
Make sure you take plenty of bottled water. .
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you wear sneakers or closed-toe shoes if you are going on a tour or walking on the boardwalk. The Upland Discoery Trail is 9 miles of trails from the east entrance! There is also a fun 7.5 mile Swamp Island Drive that you can take. .
Doing our bit
The wildlife refuge is mostly protected, so they make sure their animals and wildlife is always protected, and threatened species can thrive!.
Need a little extra help?
Give the visitor center a call before you head out there to see what trails and tours are accessible for you. .
Read up on the entrance options as each offer something different - from the forests to the swamps. Check back for summer opening times too. .
What people are saying?
by Laurin Cavender
I have been going to the Oki since the late 1970s this park is great. The wild life is wonderful. My 3 kids grew up going there and now they take their kids. What a fantastic place the boats the trails the Alligators!
by Laura Beck
I have been going since the 90's and have enjoyed it ever time.There is alot of history here and lots of outdoor sights ,including many alligators.
Lots of room for picnics and a great place for family reunions.
My children were raised visiting here every year and their children come here
by Eric Taht
My Wife and I ,really had a great time there today ,had incredibly close encounters with the local gators and other wildlife ,we found the guides ( train and boat ) friendly and knowledgeable...found out it is privately owned and operated good job to you guys !!! really nice park.
by Morgan Newborn
On our way home from vacation, the GPS took us on a different route, and at the last minute, we decided to stop at the Okefenokee Swamp Park because we'd never been there. Unfortunately, it was close to closing time, but what we saw was enough that we booked a room just to be able to go back the next day and do the tours. The 'staff' was definitely cool, and they all seemed to know a lot about the swamp and the wildlife. It was informative enough to please my husband and son, both National Geographic and Discovery Channel junkies that just love...Read More
by lauret lawrence
We LOVE Okefenokee Swamp Park! The boat tour and train are amazing! Love the gators :)
We look forward to the Light Show every year. It is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Morgan Newborn
On our way home from vacation, the GPS took us on a different route, and at the last minute, we decided to stop at the Okefenokee Swamp Park because we'd never been there. Unfortunately, it was close to closing time, but what we saw was enough that we booked a room just to be able to go back the next day and do the tours. The 'staff' was definitely cool, and they all seemed to know a lot about the swamp and the wildlife. It was informative enough to please my husband and son, both National Geographic and Discovery Channel junkies that just love being outdoors. Everyone was so nice, and even being close to closing time, they didn't make us feel rushed or unwelcome. Definitely a cool place worth seeing.