- 1. OK, I'm here... Now what is there to do?
The Okefenokee offers a lot to do, see, and experience! You can arrange for a guided interpretive tour with one of our professional guides. You can explore the swamp’s waterways on your own by canoe, kayak or boat. You can drive or bike the Swamp Island Drive, and you can relax on the porch of the historic Chesser Homestead on Chesser Island. Hike trails through pines and hardwoods and swamp. Let our Refuge Visitor Center make learning about the Okefenokee fun. You can browse in our gift shop and relax on our screened-in porch while enjoying the best food in the swamp from our Camp Cornelia Café.
Please see "What can I do on dry land?" for detailed information on the Visitor Center hours and the reopening of the boardwalk/observation tower.
As a partner with Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge’s public use program, it is our job here at Okefenokee Adventures to help you have a memorable and rewarding Okefenokee experience. Please call or e-mail for additional information. We are always happy to help!
- 2. Can I go out on my own?
Sure! We rent canoes and kayaks for those who want to experience the swamp on their own. No experience is required. Due to liability and maintenance issues, we require those wanting to rent a motorized boat to have extensive experience running small tiller driven outboard motors. The waterways here at the east entrance may be filled with peat and vegetation that often clog the motors and get tangled up in the props. Consider joining one of our guided tours or canoeing or kayaking if you don’t have the required experience for a motor boat rental.
We’ll provide a map of the water trails along with good advice about the best places to go and what you might see along the way. Whether you have a few hours or a full day, it’s always a great adventure in the Swamp.
- 3. What can I do on dry land?
Well, Okefenokee is a swamp but there are actually a lot of options for exploring on foot:
- Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center - The Refuge Visitor Center has a 15-minute award winning film showing beautiful scenes of the Okefenokee, as well as interpretive exhibits, hands-on displays, a wildlife jukebox and a life-like mechanical swamper storyteller.
- Swamp Island Drive is an 8-mile round trip self-guided driving tour. There are numerous trail heads along the way accessing miles of walking trails. You can go by car or, better yet, by bicycle. (We have them for rent if you don’t have your own.) It’s an easy pedal – no hills! The main highlights on this drive are the Chesser Island Homestead, and the boardwalk and observation tower.
The Chesser Island Homestead is an historic swamp family home originally built in 1927. It’s a great way to see how swamp pioneers lived during those times. A Refuge volunteer is often stationed there to talk about the house, show visitors inside and answer questions. Several outbuildings surround the home displaying old tools, livestock pens, and equipment for cane syrup production. The Homestead is staffed by volunteers and is not always open for the public to get inside but you can always view it from the outside.
*The boardwalk is ¾ of a mile long and runs through a dense tangle of bay swamp and open prairie. It has sheltered rest stops along the way and ends at the 50-ft. Owls Roost observation tower with a sweeping view across the watery expanse of Chesser Prairie’s Seagrove Lake.
- 4. Do you have group rates?
We cater to groups including Elderhostel programs, tour companies, schools, Scouts and church groups and offer discounts with advance reservations. Ask us about planning a day in the swamp for everyone to enjoy!
- 5. What other services and amenities do you offer?
Have lunch in our Camp Cornelia Café!
Okefenokee Adventures operates a small restaurant on site that is named in honor of our historical site. We have the best food in the swamp! We serve sandwiches, salads and vegetarian fare and can prepare group meals. We often do cookouts and low country shrimp boils.
Shop in our gift shop
We offer a variety of T-shirts, hats, books, jewelery, educational toys and more.