Outdoor: Okefenokee

Explore Okefenokee

In the famous swamp between Georgia and Florida, outdoor lovers can experience thrilling adventures at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a variety of fun activities, ranging from wilderness boardwalks and walkways, guided boat tours along swamp waterways, live wildlife shows and habitats, and railroad tours.

Stop into the Okefenokee Swamp Park for an adventure along the water trails of the Okefenokee Swamp. The largest blackwater swamp in North America, Okefenokee has a lot to explore. Choose between a guided airboat ride, or a self-guided canoe or kayak trip. There are a multitude of trail options for beginners (the 5-mile Brown Trail) to the more advanced (the 17-mile Orange Trail).

Located in the heart of the Okefenokee, Stephen C. Foster State Park is home to the most brilliant view of stars in the South. Venture to the Dark Sky Park to gaze at the heavens, unaided or with telescopes, in search of meteors and planets during the park’s educational astronomy experience. Throughout the year, the park offers various opportunities for amateur astronomers to gather and learn more about night sky phenomena.

Discover the secrets of the swamp by paddling the waterways to remote campsites to sleep under the starry skies. The refuge offers seven platforms and two islands for wilderness camping. Campers pack a canoe or kayak (rentals available) and paddle up to 12 miles before setting up camp in the swamp. The islands in the swamp offer a more traditional camping experience on land, while the platforms – some of which are built over open water – have limited amenities.