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!
Sure! We rent canoes and kayaks for those who want to experience the swamp on their own. No experience is required. 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.
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.
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!