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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Great side trip

We wish we'd had time to do one of the boat tours, but the boardwalk to the observatory was well... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
gr8sailor
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Advance, Indiana
visited via boat tour (Okefenokee Adventures)

visited park within a 4h boat tour that we booked via Okefenokee Adventures, Folkston. The Wildlife... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
StefanS71
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Munich, Germany
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Visitors to this nature preserve can experience the diversity of local wildlife.
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2700 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA 31537-7906
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We wish we'd had time to do one of the boat tours, but the boardwalk to the observatory was well worth the side trip! We saw gators from the observatory and lizards, frogs, birds galore along the trail. It was well worth the diversion!

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Reviewed 22 August 2018

visited park within a 4h boat tour that we booked via Okefenokee Adventures, Folkston. The Wildlife Refuge is great and we got to see a couple Alligators, an owl and lots of birds. Information of fauna and flora was given to us by our tour...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Ok I grew up near here and I have been there several times when I was younger. I have much greater appreciation as a adult than I did as a kid. My wife has never been a swamp and she was excited to see a...More

Thank Victor S
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We visited here as we were in the area . Didn't take any tours just the 7 mile ride & walk to the observation tower which actually was boring. Guess unless you take a tour it's not that mucky. Of course we are from Florida...More

1  Thank Patricia W
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went on a recent Saturday afternoon. The entrance fee was only $5 per car. We wandered down to the Chesser island homestead and then went out on the boardwalk to the tower. It was a hot day and we both left...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

I would not recommend small children be brought here. It’s an amazing place. It is the swamp. It’s very hot and muggy. The boardwalk out to the overlook is nice but you can’t see much in the pond because it is so far away. Watch...More

1  Thank Denise R
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Fantastic 90 minute boat tour of the Okefenokee Swamp ... Gators, cypress, prairies, peat batteries, scientific facts and entertaining stories ... Our guide had it all!

1  Thank smcilquham
Reviewed 6 June 2018

My wife and I were able to stop here this April on our way back to Minnesota. The Okefenokee NWR is located in southeastern Georgia near the town of Folkston. It was established in 1937 as a "refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Daughter and I had been previously, but this trip we took my spouse with us and we did the boat ride. A great 90 minute ride into the swamp, to get a feel for the area. After the boat trip, we drove to the Chesser...More

2  Thank TravelingDs35220
Reviewed 26 April 2018

So, you want to go kayaking with gators, do you? Well, this is the place for you! This refuge is gorgeous and there are plenty of places to go with a boat, although most folks were in canoes or motorized fishing boats. We went in...More

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gardengal8306
15 May 2018|
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Response from Steven P | Reviewed this property |
Walking is possible, but I agree with the others, it could be very hot and buggy. We saw several alligators along our drive and so you need to be alert to large wildlife. We did almost all of the hikes along the way, so... More
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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.
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adventuresofmom
30 January 2017|
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Response from Kate R | Reviewed this property |
I think we paid about $20 per person.
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