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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge lies about eight miles from Folkston, GA, and roughly 43 miles from Waycross, GA. It is located in Southeastern Georgia, with a small fraction in Northern Florida. It lies in three Georgia counties, namely Ware, Charlton, and Clinch. It also spreads to Baker County in Florida. It was established in 1937 with a primary aim of protecting the 438,000-acre Okefenokee Swamp. Okefenokee Swamp measures 25 miles wide and 40 miles long. It is listed as a Wetland of International Importance and National Natural Landmark. Okefenokee is a Seminole Indian name translated to mean ‘land that trembles when you walk on it.’

Floating lilies characterize Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Its shores are dotted with prairies, pine, and bald cypress trees. Okefenokee Swamp is a popular gator watching destination. Popular outdoor activities include paddling, boating, hunting, and fishing. For hikers, there are nine miles of trails. The area is also a photographer’s haven. While there, also take advantage of the other recreational activities available, such as camping, birding, historical site visits, picnicking, and wildlife watching. Book a motorhome in Folkston at the right time and enjoy this awe-inspiring swamp.

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Getting Outdoors

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge beauty can be appreciated in several ways. Paddling enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the Okefenokee Swamp boasts some of the best paddling trails in the area. There are over 100 miles of canoe trails in the refuge. Some of the popular paddling trails include Orange Trail, Red Trail, Green Trail, and Brown Trail. This is an excellent way of exploring the scenery, islands, and accessing the wilderness camping areas.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful destination for wildlife watching. Besides the alligators, there a few animals to see here, including deer, bobcats, raccoons, foxes, and river otters. This natural wonder is also popular with birders. Some of the birds spotted here include egrets, sandhill cranes, ducks, herons, owls, and red-cockaded woodpeckers.

For the history enthusiasts, spare some time to visit the 592-acre Chesser Island after your adventures. The connecting Chesser Island Boardwalk is a great place to soak in the beauty of the adjacent Okefenokee Wilderness. While here, explore the historic Chesser Island Homestead.

Camping at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

While Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge offers wilderness camping only, there are plenty of RV parks bordering it where you can find a good spot for your travel trailer rental.

Should you want to spend your night close to the refuge, Stephen C. Foster State Park, which serves as one of its major entry points, is a lovely place to park your motorhome rental. The state park has 73 sites and plenty of amenities, including water and electric hookups, a dump station, and hot showers.

Close to the eastern edge of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, you will find Okefenokee Pastimes Cabins, RV Park and Campground. This is a small park with 15 full hookup sites. Other amenities include a bathhouse, hot showers, and a dumping station.

Nearby Okefenokee RV Park in Folkston offers a 50- site campground and has full hookups and a laundry facility.

Exploring the Area

When you book an RV rental in Folkston, you will find that there are many spots for nature lovers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts close by for day trips. Located in Jacksonville, FL, about an hour’s drive away from Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of the most frequently visited spots in this region. It is a great destination for outdoor lovers that love animals and lush green spaces. There are a variety of plants and animals drawn from all over the world. Spanning 117 acres, the zoo plays host to river otters, tigers, gators, turtles, lions, gorillas, elephants, and monkeys. Train rides are available.

Should you still have time after checking out the zoo, head over and explore the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. This little museum houses a collection of exhibits from Ninah Cummer and other collections from American artists.

Mary’s Submarine Museum is an excellent place to learn about submarine history during your RV rental tour. Located in St. Mary’s, GA, about 39 miles away, this two-floor museum has plenty of artifacts used by the submarine forces during WW II. Some of the exhibits on display include plagues, pictures, uniforms, models, photos, and models. And a trip to the museum wouldn’t be complete without observing downtown St. Mary’s with the working periscope.

Just a few steps away, Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum is another wonderful museum you can consider checking out when you rent a motorhome near Folkston. This museum preserves the heritage of Cumberland Island. Outside the museum, you can see turkeys, deer, wild horses, and armadillos.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

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  • Okefenokee East Entrance Paddle, FLOkefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
  • Seagrove Lake, FLOkefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, FL
  • Saint Mary's River Loop, FLHilliard, FL
  • White Sand Landing Loop, FLHilliard, FL
  • Stephen C. Foster State Park Campground Trail, GAStephen C. Foster State Park, GA
  • Okefenokee Wilderness Canoe Trails, GAFolkston, GA
  • Okefenokee Swamp, GAFolkston, GA
  • Cary State Forest Preserve Trail, FLCallahan, FL
  • Cary Trailwalker Nature Trail, FLCallahan, FL
  • Laura S.Walker State Park Trails, GALaura S. Walker State Park, GA

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