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The Okefenokee Swamp

The star of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the approximately 700 square mile Okefenokee Swamp. Okefenokee is a derivative of the Creek and Seminole words for "trembling earth". The swamp has this name because the peat filled earth is so soft if you jump up and down on the land nearby bushes and trees shake. There are 120 miles of boat trails in the swamp. There are three places to gain access to the swamp: One near Folkston; the Stephen C. Foster State Park; and Okefenokee Swamp Park. Okefenokee Swamp Park is probably your best bet if you have kids.

Boat Rides

If you have the time, make sure you take a boat ride through the swamp.

Wildlife

Several species of animals live in the swamp. One of the more interesting, is the alligator.

  • Last visit to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: Jun 2009
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