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Okefenokee NWR bear
The Okefenokee NWR offer hiking trails through upland pine forests and across transitional wetlands. Trails offer visitors unique hikes through natural habitat.

Marsh area at Okefenokee NWRThere are opportunities to view deer, squirrels, gopher tortoises, box turtles, snakes and a wide variety of birds.

East Entrance offers a variety of trails, most meander through the refuge’s upland habitat.

Phernetton Trail is a 1.3 mile hiking trail loop near the East Entrance Road, off Highway 121. This trail offers a walk through a managed section of the refuge’s upland habitat.

Longleaf Pine Interpretive Trail is a 4 mile trail that begins off East Entrance Road, approximately 3/4 of a mile from its junction with Hwy. 121. This trail weaves through upland property belonging to both the refuge and International Paper. Exhibit panels discuss the Longleaf Pine Forest, Sustainable Forest Initiative, and the historic Suwannee Canal. This trail merges into the Canal Diggers Trail.

Canal Diggers Trail is a .65 mile interpretive loop that begins and ends in a small parking area, about 1/4 mile onto Swamp Island Drive. This short walking trail offers visitors a self-guided walk through a small riparian habitat, which has developed inside the old canal. Wildlife observation and photography opportunities exist for both upland and riparian-dependent species.
Upland Discovery Trail is a short .2 mile loop walk, taking visitors through a naturally occurring red-cockaded woodpecker colony. Observation and photography opportunities exist for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and other upland dependent species.

Hiking area at Okefenokee NWRRidley Island Trail is a 1.75 mile trail that takes visitors from Swamp Island Drive through a mosaic of upland and wetland habitats to Chesser Island. A diverse variety of wildlife and plant life can be found along this trail.

Chesser Island Homestead Trail is a .7 mile loop around this historic property. Visitors can observe and photograph a variety of native and non-native plants. Many of the present plants and trees can trace their origins back to the property’s historic “Swamper” homestead period.

Deer Stand Trail is a .5 mile trail connecting historic Chesser Homestead to Swamp Walk Boardwalk. This trail wanders through a mixed longleaf pine and oak forest.

Cane Pole Trail is a .35 mile trail, which runs along the Suwannee Canal, leading to Mizell Prairie education and observation platform.

Please Note: Call before hiking to ensure the trail is open when you want to hike here. Bicycling on designated hiking trails is not permitted and all hikes should be planned with the Refuge opening and closing times. Pets are permitted on trails, however they must be restrained on a 10-foot or shorter leash.
Contact & Locations
Pretty plants at Okefenokee NWRPhone: Okefenokee NWR Visitor Center - 912-496-7836 - Address: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, 2700 Suwannee Canal Road, Folkston, GA 31537

The Okefenokee Swamp is located in Ware, Charlton, and Clinch Counties, Georgia and Baker County, Florida.

Link to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge website

Entrances to the Okefenokee NWR:
East Entrance - Camp Cornelia, Suwannee Canal (USFWS).

Secondary East Entrance - Kingfisher Landing (USFWS).

West Entrance - Stephen C. Foster State Park (USFWS and State of Georgia).

Secondary West Entrance - Suwannee River Sill (USFWS).

North Entrance - Okefenokee Swamp Park (Non-profit organization).
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