An Okefenokee Swamp map is like a guide to the adventure that’s waiting to be discovered. Sure, it will tell you where to go and how to get there, but it will also provide a peek into the 438,000-acre swamp that straddles the Georgia and Florida line. Much of the swamp is contained in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, manged by the federal government, and the privately run Okefenokee Swamp Park. Both offer many entry points into the vast wonderland and access to visitor activities. Some visitors explore the swamp by kayak, other by airboat and foot, regardless, everyone one who is interested in knowing where to go should get a map before they start exploring.
Home to herons, alligators, and even black bears, the swamp is a fascinating place to spend time. It feels like it’s a different world at times, that’s why it’s wise to bring along an Okefenokee Swamp map. They are readily available at each of the entry points spread throughout southern Georgia. The wildlife refuge has four, and the swamp park adds another. These have parking, visitor information, and available staff members who can help you figure out where to find the cool things to do and where to go to find it. This is a great place for a day trip if you are staying at nearby Florida or Georgia beaches. Amelia Island (Florida), with its lovely Fernadina Beach, and the Georgia beaches of Cumberland Island are all within easy reach. Additionally, maps of the swamp area will be available at many of the hotels around the national park.
At the Suwanee Canal Recreation Area just south of Folkston, maps are available at the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center, along with interactive exhibits, a bookstore and the jukebox that plays swamp songs. You’ll also find trails, guided boat tours and food service at the east entrance to the park. The second entry point, Kingfisher Landing, is located near the Georgia town of Race Pond. It has kiosk where visitors can find maps and other information about the parking before launching boats or kayaks. Stephen C. Foster State Park, the west entrance, is just outside Fargo. Park rangers can hand out Okefenokee Swamp maps and get you started on camping or boat rentals here. The fourth point of entry at the National Wildlife Refuge also is near Fargo—the Suwanee Sill Recreation Area has a long paved trail and is the starting point for many fishing trips. The fifth, Okefenokee Swamp Park, provides access to the swamp near Waycross, Georgia.