Okefenokee NWR East Entrance Suwannee Canal Recreation Area
The main US Fish and Wildlife Service entrance, located 11 miles SW of Folkston. Enjoy a picnic area, driving trail, hiking trails, a 3/4 mile boardwalk-observation tower and a restored 1920s homestead.
Refuge concession Okefenokee Adventures works in partnership with the refuge to provide guided boat trips; rent camping gear, bicycles, motorboats and canoes; operate a gift shop; collect entrance fees; and provide food service. You may reach Okefenokee Adventures at (912) 496-7156.
You may want to stop at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center, where you can plan your visit at the information desk, shop in the bookstore, watch an award-winning movie, and try out fun interactive exhibits about the Okefenokee. At the center you may climb a tower into the cypress canopy, explore beneath the waters in a Swamp Sub, listen to an animatronic storyteller, or enjoy the Swamp Songs jukebox. Call (912) 496-7836 during 9am-5pm daily for the visitor center for hours and more info. A small Entrance Fee is required.
Directions from Atlanta, GA: Take Interstate 75 South out of AtlantaIn Tifton, take US 82 East towards Waycross. Stay on US 82 East all the way into Waycross Turn onto US 1 South in Waycross heading towards Folkston Georgia. You’ll pass the Okefenokee Swamp Park along US 1 South. Continue driving on US 1 to Folkston. Once you enter Folkston, turn right at 2nd light onto Main Street. Follow directions from Folkston, GA listed above.
Directions from Folkston, GA: Turn onto Main Street heading west. Go through two stoplights and across the railroad tracks. Take a left at 3rd light onto Okefenokee Trail (Parkway), also called GA 121/23 South. Drive for approx. 7 miles, then turn right at the large gray “Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge” sign. Follow this road about 4 miles to the end. When you reach a large parking area, you will see the visitor center on your left and Okefenokee Adventures straight ahead next to the boat basin.
Directions from Brunswick, GA: In Brunswick, take exit 29 off Interstate 95 for US 82 and US 17. Bear right off the exit. Turn left at 2nd light onto US 17 South. Stay on US 17 South for about 14 miles. In the small community of White Oak (look for the green sign) make a right onto GA 252 West, also called Burnt Fort Rd. Stay on GA 252 for about 25 miles. GA 252 ends in Folkston. At this point, follow the brown Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge signs. Turn left onto 2nd Street, which is also US 1 South. Take a right at 1st light onto Main Street. Follow directions from Folkston Georgia listed above.
Contact & Entrance Locations
The Okefenokee Swamp is located in Ware, Charlton, and Clinch Counties, Georgia and Baker County, Florida.