The Okefenokee offers a lot to do, see, and experience! You can arrange for a guided interpretive tour with one of our professional guides. You can explore the swamp’s waterways on your own by canoe, kayak or boat. You can drive or bike the Swamp Island Drive, and you can relax on the porch of the historic Chesser Homestead on Chesser Island. Hike trails through pines and hardwoods and swamp. Let our Refuge Visitor Center make learning about the Okefenokee fun. You can 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.
On September 1st, the Okefenokee Swamp Park 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.
Okefenokee Adventures was founded by Chip & Joy Campbell in 2000 as a true passion project. None of Chip and Joy Campbell’s friends and family were surprised when they chose to leave North Carolina’s vibrant and bustling Research Triangle area to move to south Georgia’s famous Okefenokee Swamp. Chip, a Georgia native, has been exploring the Okefenokee since he was a 12-year-old Boy Scout. Chip introduced Joy to the region during their college days at North Carolina State University.
The Okefenokee Adventures acquisition and merger is fortunate to have Joy Campbell continuing as the primary ambassador to the public at Okefenokee Adventures in her role as General Manager. Chip Campbell will serve to guide the operation strategically as an advisor and VIP guide.
Joy Campbell shared that, “Chip and I are very proud of what we’ve accomplished in the 20 years since we started Okefenokee Adventures. We love sharing this awesome place and its story with people who come here from all over the world and we’re excited to be partnering with our friends at the Okefenokee Swamp Park as we turn the page on the next chapter. The adventure continues!”
In the words of Chip Campbell, “We have talked for years about how our different Okefenokee entrances could better work together to serve our visitors, as well as how we might collaborate on issues of common concern and speak for the Okefenokee community as a whole. And, at this point in our lives, Joy & I have been talking a lot about our next steps. Bringing Okefenokee Adventures under the umbrella of the area’s oldest non-profit conservation education organization, the Okefenokee Swamp Park, Inc. brings it all together in a partnership that works for all of us who love the swamp!”
Chip & Joy Campbell