Okefenokee Adventures offers guided and outfitted overnight wilderness trips into the swamp lasting from one to four nights. For a lasting life experience in one of the world’s great wetland wildernesses, this is the ultimate Okefenokee adventure. Permits are required by the Refuge and all trips are subject to trail availability and water levels.
The one-night trips are great for the inexperienced canoeists or families with kids. The two-night trips usually begin on the east side and end on the west side at Stephen C. Foster State Park in Fargo. We highly recommend the 2-night, 3-day excursions as they offer the most diversity in ecological habitat and wildlife observation. Depending on trail availability we’d cover anywhere from 5 to 12 miles in a day totaling 25-30 miles of paddling over three days through pine, evergreen shrub boglands, wet prairies and loblolly bay and cypress forest. We may camp on a wooden platform or on an island depending on the trail. The platforms are partially covered and all sites have enclosed porta-potty’s.
Only our most experienced guides lead trips, each with over 30 years experience in the Okefenokee. As we lead the way, we will talk about the cultural and natural history of the area, identify wildlife and plants and trees of interest, tell swamp tales and offer moments of silence in order to hear the sounds of the swamp surrounding us.
Cost includes gear, food (real good and plenty of it!) and the expertise of an interpretive naturalist guide. There is a separate charge for the refuge’s permit fee and additional charges for shuttle service if needed.
Trails can be reserved up to two months to the day of the trip. So, for example, if you wanted to begin the trip April 15, we can call for the reservation on but no earlier than February 15. During certain times of the year the trails may book up on the two month day, so the sooner we know what dates you’re looking for, the better chance we have of obtaining the reservation. For the best chance of us obtaining a permit for your requested dates, we recommend you contact us at least 2 months in advance.
Once a permit is obtained, the trip will be advertised so that others may join. We keep the group small to maximize the experience. Private trips may be requested for an additional cost. The cost will be determined depending on how many in the group and the time of year. This request must be made during your initial contact with us.
The swamp is always beautiful but different seasons have different highlights. The fall is a great time because the bugs are few, the weather is fantastic and fall flowers offer lots of color. Winter brings in the migratory sandhill cranes by the hundreds and, if you’ve never heard the sound of dozens of cranes honking away at the same time, it’s quite impressive. Winter temperatures are usually mild but we do have the occasional cold spell. The sandhill cranes are here late November through early February. Spring is beautiful but, because everyone wants to come in March and April, reserving trails may be difficult but not impossible. We avoid the summer months – beginning mid May-August – the biting flies are miserable.