Okefenokee Swamp at night

Okefenokee Swamp at night

Bucket List Adventure: Camping in the Okefenokee Swamp

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.

Platform camping in the Okefenokee Swamp. Photo credit: S. Heisey/USFWS
Platform camping in the Okefenokee Swamp. Photo credit: S. Heisey/USFWS

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.

Kayaking in the Okefenokee Swamp
Kayaking in the Okefenokee Swamp

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.

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 7 a.m.-10 a.m. EST.

Published: April 2018
Written by: Candy Cook