Waycross Convention & Visitors Bureau . 417 Pendleton St. Waycross, GA 31501 912.287.2969

Okefenokee Swamp Park

The locally owned and operated Okefenokee Swamp Park is at the northern tip of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and acts as a gateway for thousands of visitors every year into the swamp itself.

The wonderous world of the Okefenokee is a significant part of America’s heritage, a beautifully preserved segment of what was here when America began. The swamp is the headwaters for both the Suwanee and St. Marys rivers and was recently added to the National Wilderness System. The park is a convenient point of entry to the refuge and is a magnificent showcase for the natural wonderland. The park’s lily lined water trails reflect the overhanging beauty of the unique local flora and lead to all points in the vast wilderness of islands, lakes, jungles, forest, and prairies in the land of the trembling earth.

Okefenokee Swamp Park is a rare and exciting experience for every member of the family. Extravagantly beautiful, the swamp, which covers nearly a half-million acres, carries you back into the Earth’s primordial beginnings. Interpretive exhibits, lectures, wildlife shows, boat tours on original Native American waterways, wilderness walkways, Pioneer Island, and native animals in their natural habitat, all combine for the complete Okefenokee experience. See firsthand how nature’s balance assures the perpetuation of the flora and fauna, and even the swamp itself.

The pristine beauty of the park and swamp make the Okefenokee a photographer’s dream.

SWAMP PARK TRAIN

Guests at Okefenokee Swamp Park can climb aboard The Lady Suwannee and ride the Okefenokee Railroad, a 1.5-mile rail system that serves as the mode of transportation to get around the park. Train tours take visitors along the edge of a portion of the swamp and through many points of interest, including a stop at Pioneer Island, the re-creation of an early swamp homestead.

ADVENTURE WALK TO OBSERVATION TOWER

Nearly a half-mile round trip journey via one of the park’s newest additions takes you through the path of our original boardwalk that was lost in the 2007 Big Turnaround Fire. Our new lower walkway takes visitors just above the surface of the Okefenokee Swamp, giving guests a closer look at this unique ecosystem. The walk ends at our 90-foot observation tower.

ADVENTURE WALK TO OBSERVATION TOWER

This is the educational opportunity of a lifetime. Participants will learn more about the native animals of the Okefenokee Swamp during a 20-25 minute program designed for all ages. Live native snakes and young alligators are shown during the presentation.

BOAT EXCURSION

Get aboard a one-of-a-kind guided boat excursion into the Okefenokee Swamp. Your journey will take you down original Seminole Indian waterways, allowing the opportunity to see native plants and wildlife. For the adventurous, this trip will afford you the opportunity to climb the 90-foot observation tower for a panoramic view. (Boat excursions are not recommended for children 7 and younger or individuals with medical conditions.)

OSCAR THE ALLIGATOR

Oscar was the Okefenokee Swamp’s most popular resident until he died in the summer of 2007. He is now immortalized in the swamp he called home for nearly a century. Bone by bone, the aged star has been brought back to life, thanks to Don Berryhill, who, along with Jim Brewer and many others, volunteered to piece Oscar’s bones together like a massive puzzle to create a unique exhibit.

GEORGIA’S NATURAL WONDER ANIMALS

The Okefenokee Swamp is a true wildlife refuge. The animals seen in the great swamp are in their natural surroundings. These are the natural inhabitants, the original inhabitants, and all are now protected by law. Few places in America can offer as varied and extensive wildlife as this Southeastern swamp. More than 200 species of birds have been identified by refuge personnel and visiting ornithologists. There are more than 40 species of mammals, more than 50 species of reptiles and 60 species of amphibians. The waters are home to at least 34 species of fish.