Bucket List Adventure: Okefenokee Swamp

  • Paddling Down the Okefenokee Swamp

    Photo courtesy of S. Heisey/USFWS

Get ready for a bucket list adventure along the water trails of Okefenokee Swamp. The largest blackwater swamp in North America, Okefenokee has a lot to explore. Discover the secrets of the swamp paddling these waterways to remote campsites under the starry skies.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge offers seven platforms and three islands for wilderness camping. Campers pack a canoe or kayak and paddle up to 12 miles before setting up camp in the swamp. Wilderness camping gives us the opportunity to see the nocturnal swamp come to life and experience the mysteries of the trembling earth.

It’s easy to unplug and getaway from it all, surrounded by such a diverse natural community. Everything about the swamp is mesmerizing. I made my first sightings of wild alligators and Pileated woodpeckers in Okefenokee. I stood beneath a sky twinkling with stars I had never seen and watched my sons light up at the surprise of frogs galore.

Photo courtesy of S. Heisey/USFWS
Photo courtesy of S. Heisey/USFWS

Wilderness camping in Okefenokee can accommodate groups up to 20 and reservations are required. It’s easy to get a wilderness camping permit and make reservations by calling the Canoe Line. You can even rent canoes for your adventure!

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Canoe Line: 912-496-3331 Weekdays, between the hours of 7AM-10AM EST.

Candy Cook

Candy is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.

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