Okefenokee Swamp Park & Adventures2021-04-17T21:32:04+00:00

Okefenokee Swamp
Park & Adventures

Your gateways to experience the unique ecosystem, social heritage and natural beauty of the Okefenokee Swamp,
the “Land of the Trembling Earth”

Okefenokee Swamp
Park & Adventures

Your gateways to experience the unique ecosystem, social heritage and natural beauty of the Okefenokee Swamp,
the “Land of the Trembling Earth”

Okefenokee Swamp Park
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Get a Multi Day Entrance Pass For Both Locations!

Multi Day Entrance Pass For Both Locations

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Travel Along the Historic Suwannee Canal!

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Ride within the Refuge on Swamp Island Drive!

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Visit us at both locations!

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Okefenokee Swamp Park & Adventures Map

Your Adventure Starts Here!

Boat Tours

Travel Along the Historic Suwannee Canal!

Book Now

Boat Rentals

Jon Boat, Canoe & Kayak Adventures

Book Now

Bicycle Rental

Ride within the Refuge on Swamp Island Drive!

Book Now

Get a Multi Day Entrance Pass For Both Locations!

Multi Day Entrance Pass For Both Locations

About Us

The Okefenokee Swamp Park (OSP) opened its doors to the world at the northern entrance into the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge almost 75 years ago and has welcomed millions of visitors since that time. In 2020, the OSP expanded its operations by signing a 10-year concession agreement with the US Department of the Interior to also manage the eastern entrance–near Folkston– operated for the past 20 years by Okefenokee Adventures. The merger of these two organizations, Okefenokee Adventures and the Okefenokee Swamp Park, will serve to strengthen the public’s access and enjoyment of this unique and compelling wilderness area in southeastern, Georgia.

Our Full Website is Coming Soon!

In the meantime please visit www.okefenokeeadventures.com for more information on Okefenokee Adventures
and come back to this website soon for more updates.
For questions or more information about Okefenokee Swamp Park contact us at
Email: Okefenokee@btconline.net
Phone: 912-283-0583
Group Reservations: Ext. 102

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Hours

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Waycross, GA
MONDAY – SUNDAY:
Open 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday Paddle Special – In addition to our normal activities, we also allow you to bring your own canoe or kayak to paddle the water trails or rent one of ours.
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Okefenokee Adventures

Okefenokee Adventures

Folkston, GA
MONDAY – SUNDAY:
Open 7:30am
(Refuge gate opens 1/2 hour before sunrise)
MARCH – OCTOBER:
Close 6:30pm
(Refuge gate closes 7:30pm)
NOVEMBER – FEBRUARY:
Close 4:30pm
(Refuge gate closes 5:30pm)
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American alligator

Admission

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Waycross, GA

General Admission (train, nature show & exhibits):

  • Adults (ages 12 & up) – $20.00
  • Children-(ages 4-11) – $19.00
  • Infants (ages 3 & under) – FREE
  • Senior Citizens (ages 62 & up) – $19.00
  • Active Military(I.D. required) – $19.00
  • AAA Discount (bring active card) – $19.00
  • Local Okefenokee RESA County Residents (must have current license showing residency) – $15.00
Boat Tour Package (45 Minute Boat Tour + General Admission):
  • Adults (age 12 & up) – $30.00
  • Children (age 4-11) – $25.00
  • Infants (ages 3 & under) – FREE
  •   Local Okefenokee RESA County Residents (must have current license showing residency) – $20.00

Please include 8% sales tax to the above.

Groups of 12 or More with Reservation:

***Currently, you must call to make your group reservation until our website is complete. Please call 912-283-0583 to make your group reservation.

General Admission Includes:

  • Okefenokee Railroad Tour
    Visit the wetlands and stop to tour Pioneer Island
  • “Eye on Nature”– Our live learning program that teaches about snakes and gators
  • Primitive Adventure Walk to Observation Tower – Walk into the swamp and follow the trail (depends on trail conditions)
  • Swamp Creatures Area-Alligators, otter, and turtles in habitats
  • Boardwalk with Observation Areas- walk into the Okefenokee
  • Nature Center, Swamp Creation & Living Swamp Exhibits Buildings
  • Pogo and the Walt Kelly Exhibit
    Get a glimpse of the famous cartoonist and his characters
Okefenokee Adventures

Okefenokee Adventures

Folkston, GA

New website coming soon

In the meantime please visit:
www.okefenokeeadventures.com
for more information on guided tours, boat and bicycle rentals, shuttles, and more

How to

Find Us

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Okefenokee Swamp Park

U.S. 1 South Waycross, Georgia 31503
GPS: 5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd

THE OKEFENOKEE SWAMP PARK is located 8 miles south of Waycross on U.S. 1/23 South (GPS: 5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd) Waycross, Georgia 31503.

From I-95: (Exit 29) In Brunswick, GA take Highway 82 West Exit 6 (Mile Marker 29) Go approx. 45 miles and take Hwy 177.

From I-75: (Exit 62) Coming from Atlanta, GA take I-75 South to Tifton, GA. Take Hwy 82 East Exit 18 (Mile Marker 62) Approx. 77 Miles. In Waycross take U.S. 1 South for 8 miles to our entrance Hwy 177.

From Jacksonville, FL: Take U.S. 1 North in Jacksonville, FL and Travel approx. 67 miles to our entrance and take a left onto Hwy 177.

Okefenokee Adventures

Okefenokee Adventures

4159 Suwannee Canal Road
Folkston, GA 31537

OKEFENOKEE ADVENTURES is located Okefenokee Adventures is located inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge’s main entrance.

We’re located between Folkston, GA and St. George, GA.

We’re about 7 miles south of Folkston, GA off GA Hwy 121/Okefenokee Drive as you’re driving toward St. George, GA.

Check MapQuest or GoogleMaps for Okefenokee Adventures, 4159 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537

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FAQ

Okefenokee Swamp Park

Waycross, GA

What all can we do here?2021-03-23T04:08:09+00:00

We have General Admissions which includes a self-walking tour, eye on nature show and a guided tour on the Okefenokee Railroad.  Adults-$20, Kids-$19 (ages 3 & under), 2 & kids under are Free.

How long does everything take to do it all?2021-03-23T04:08:36+00:00

Generally about 4 hours.

Will I see alligators?2021-03-23T04:08:58+00:00

This is a wildlife refuge and everything is real and not staged or fake. We do use baby alligators in our shows and we do have some mature alligators in their natural habitats along our boardwalk for your viewing.

Is there a charge for Parking?2021-03-23T04:09:28+00:00

No, not at this entrance in Waycross.

What are the Park hours?2021-03-23T04:09:49+00:00

Open at 9am close at 5pm.

What time does the last boat depart?2021-03-23T04:10:16+00:00

4pm

When does the first boat leave?2021-03-23T04:10:39+00:00

Generally 10am but with a reservation at 9:30am

What time is the last train? What are other train times?2021-03-23T04:11:56+00:00

The last train is at 4:30 pm.

Train times are 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 4:30pm.

What time is the last show, and what are other show times?2021-03-23T04:12:54+00:00

The last show is at 4pm.

Other show times are 10:30am, 12noon, 2pm and 4pm.

Do you have a picnic area?2021-03-23T04:13:22+00:00

Yes, with restrooms (first come, first serve availability)

Do you sell food or snacks?2021-03-23T04:13:57+00:00

We do not have a food service at Okefenokee Swamp Park but we do sell snacks and drinks.

Do you operate your boats and train in the rain?2021-03-23T04:14:21+00:00

Yes, but not if lightning is nearby. No refunds for bad weather.

Do you have group rates?2021-03-23T04:15:44+00:00

Yes, and the rates are for groups of 12 or more with a reservation.

Adults without boat tour $15, Kids (ages 3 to 11) without a boat tour $14

Adults with boat tour $19, Kids (ages 3 to 11) with boat tour $18.

Can I bring my dog?2021-03-23T04:16:09+00:00

NO… Alligators are wild, dangerous and unpredictable and dogs may be seen as a snack/meal.

Do you have hiking trails?2021-03-23T04:16:28+00:00

No, but we have several miles of boardwalks and a 90 foot observation tower and a release of liability is required to enter the park.

Are the mosquitos bad?2021-03-23T04:16:46+00:00

During the day the mosquitos are not out (only at dusk & dawn). There is a yellow fly season that runs roughly from June thru August and insect repellant is highly recommended.

Do you have a group meeting facility?2021-03-23T04:17:06+00:00

Yes, Cypress Cove Annex, Mon.-Fri. rental is $200 per day and Sat. & Sun. is $250 per day.

Do you rent boats here at Okefenokee Swamp Park?2021-03-23T04:17:26+00:00

No, however you can rent one at our sister operation Okefenokee Adventures in Folkston, Ga.  Call 912-496-7156 to reserve one.

Okefenokee Adventures

Folkston, GA

OK, I’m here… Now what is there to do? Can I go out on my own?2021-03-23T04:00:15+00:00

The Okefenokee offers a lot to do, see, and experience! Arrange for a guided interpretive tour with one of our naturalists or explore the swamp’s waterways on your own by canoe, kayak or boat. Drive or bike Swamp Island Drive to access miles of walking trails, the historic Chesser Family Homestead and the boardwalk to the 50’ observation tower. Browse in our gift shop and relax on our screened-in porch while enjoying the best food in the swamp from our Camp Cornelia Café. As a partner with Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge’s public use program, it is our job here at Okefenokee Adventures to help you have a memorable and rewarding Okefenokee experience.

What can I do on dry land?2021-03-23T04:00:49+00:00

Swamp Island Drive is a 7.5 mile round trip self-guided driving tour with numerous walking trails along the way. The main highlights on this drive are the Chesser Island Homestead and the boardwalk to the observation tower. You can explore by car, bicycle, and on foot.

The Chesser Homestead is an historic swamp family home originally built in 1927. It’s a great way to see how swamp pioneers lived during those times. Depending on the time of year, there may be a docent available providing tours and interpretation. There are several sheds surrounding the home displaying old tools, livestock pens, and cane syrup production.

The boardwalk is ¾ mile long and runs through dense swamp growth and open prairie. It has sheltered rest stops along the way and ends at a 50-ft. observation tower with an extraordinary view overlooking Chesser Prairie.

There are shorter walks around the boat basin and along the Suwannee Canal. And for kids, young and old, there is an Animal Olympics ‘playground’.

Do you have group rates?2021-03-23T04:02:11+00:00

We offer discounted group rates. A group is considered 10 or more people who have made a reservation at least 24 hours in advance and who will pay the total charge in one transaction.

What are your hours?2021-03-23T04:03:09+00:00

Okefenokee Adventures

Open:  7:30am daily

Close:  4:30pm daily November through February;

6:30pm daily March through October

The Refuge main entry gate

Open: ½ hour before sunrise daily

Close: 5:30pm daily November through February;

7:30pm daily March through October

What is the admission cost?2021-03-23T04:03:47+00:00

As the main entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the refuge charges a per vehicle entry fee of $5 which allows access for up to 7 consecutive days at this entrance and at the Stephen C. Foster State Park entrance, in Fargo. Vehicles carrying a passenger holding  a valid Federal Duck Stamp, an America the Beautiful Federal pass such as a Senior, Annual, or Access pass will have the entry fee waived.

Is the Center a part of the National Park Service?2021-03-23T04:04:10+00:00

Okefenokee Adventures is the Visitor Services Contractors  located inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge which is part of the US Department of the Interior.

Do you offer rain checks due to inclement weather?2021-03-23T04:04:35+00:00

In the event that Okefenokee Adventures cancels a tour due to inclement weather we will offer a rain check or a refund.

Can I bring my dog?2021-03-23T04:04:52+00:00

Dogs are allowed inside the refuge but must be on a 6’ leash at all times. They are allowed on all walking trails except the boardwalk. Only certified service animals are permitted on our motorized tour boats. We don’t recommend dogs in canoes and kayaks due to the presence of alligators.

Is there a charge for parking?2021-03-23T04:05:14+00:00

There is not a separate parking charge. The refuge entry fee covers this.

How much walking can I expect?2021-03-23T04:05:34+00:00

You can walk as much or as little as desired. The walk from the parking lot to our building and the boats is very short. There are several walking trails that are as short as ½ mile or as long as 1.5 miles round trip.

Are the trails stroller or wheelchair friendly?2021-03-23T04:05:54+00:00

Most of the trails are stroller and wheelchair friendly.

How much time does it take to do everything?2021-03-23T04:06:16+00:00

It depends what everything is. Most folks spend an average of 4 – 4.5 hours if they participate in a 90 minute guided boat tour, eat lunch and drive Swamp Island Driver to visit the Chesser Homestead and walk the boardwalk to the observation tower. For those wanting to paddle on their own, we recommend having a minimum of 2.5-3 hours. Of course, more time allows for time to explore.

Can I bring my bicycle?2021-03-23T04:06:38+00:00

Yes. You can bring your own bicycle or rent one from us. Most folks bike along the 7.5 mile long paved Swamp Island Drive or drive along the refuges 4 mile long entrance road.

Can I bring my own food?2021-03-23T04:06:56+00:00

Yes, You can bring your own food. There is a covered pavilion and several picnic tables available for public use. Okefenokee Adventures has a variety of snacks for sale and the Camp Cornelia Cafe serves sandwiches, salads, burgers and fries and other selections of really good food to eat inside the café or on the attached screened-in porch.

Do you allow smoking?2021-03-23T04:07:13+00:00

Smoking is permitted on the refuge grounds but not within 25’ of any building. Smoking is not permitted on tour boats. Cigarette butts must be tamped out and disposed of in proper receptacles.

Note: All rates are subject to GA Sales Tax.

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Okefenokee Swamp Park

Email: Okefenokee@btconline.net
Phone: 912-283-0583
Group Reservations: Ext. 102
Fax: 912-283-0023

OKEFENOKEE SWAMP PARK
U.S. 1 South Waycross, Georgia 31503
GPS: 5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd
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Phone: 912–496–7156
or 866–THE–SWAMP (843–7926)
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4159 Suwannee Canal Rd
Folkston, GA 31537
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